PINGELAPESE: a language of Micronesia

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: PIF

ISO 639-2: map

Population 2,500 including 500 on Pingelap, about 2,000 on Ponape. Population total all countries 3,000.
Region Pingelap and Ponape. Also spoken in Guam, USA.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Ponapeic.
Comments 81% lexical similarity with Ponapean, 79% with Mokilese. Bilingualism in Ponapean. Active language use. Investigation needed: bilingual proficiency in Ponapean, Mokilese, attitudes.

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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