Chuukese language

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Chuukese
Trukese
Native toFederated States of Micronesia
RegionChuuk
Native speakers51,000  (2000 census)[1]
Language family
Official status
Official language inFederated States of Micronesia
Language codes
ISO 639-2chk
ISO 639-3chk
 
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Chuukese
Trukese
Native toFederated States of Micronesia
RegionChuuk
Native speakers51,000  (2000 census)[1]
Language family
Official status
Official language inFederated States of Micronesia
Language codes
ISO 639-2chk
ISO 639-3chk

Chuukese /ˈkz/, also rendered Trukese /trʌˈkz/,[2] 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.

Chuukese has the unusual feature of permitting word-initial geminate (double) consonants. The common ancestor of Western Micronesian languages is believed to have had this feature, but most of its modern descendants have lost it.[3]

Truk and Chuuk are a difference in orthography: Both older tr and current ch transcribe the sound [].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chuukese reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
  3. ^ "Reflexes of initial gemination in Western Micronesian languages" (PDF). University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2005. 

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