Chuukese

Chuukese

Chuukese (also called Trukese) is a Trukic language of the Austronesian language family spoken primarily on the islands of Chuuk in the Caroline Islands in Micronesia. Estimates place the number of speakers at about 45,000 including second-language speakers.

About Chuukese

Chuukese (also called Trukese) is a Trukic language of the Austronesian language family spoken primarily on the islands of Chuuk in the Caroline Islands in Micronesia. There are some speakers on Pohnpei and Guam as well. Estimates place the number of speakers at about 45,000 including second-language speakers. The language of Chuuk belongs to the enormous Malayo-Polynesian family, one of the major branches of the Austronesian language phylum. The other major branches, known collectively as the Formosan languages, are only found on Taiwan, whereas the Malayo-Polynesian branches consist of languages that are distributed all through the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Madagascar. Chuukese falls within the Nuclear Micronesian subdivision of the Oceanic division of the Austronesian language phylum. This subdivision consists of Kiribati, Marshallese, Kosraean, Nauruan, and the Ponapeic-Trukic language groups.

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