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Marshallese language

The Marshallese language (Marshallese: new orthography Kajin M̧ajeļ or old orthography Kajin Majōl ), also known as Ebon, is a Micronesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands. The language is spoken by about 44,000 people in the Marshall Islands, making it the principal language of the country. There are also roughly 6,000 speakers outside of the Marshall Islands, including those in Nauru and the U.S.

There are two major dialects: Rālik (western) and Ratak (eastern).

Marshallese, a Micronesian language, is a member of the Eastern Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian languages. The closest linguistic relatives of Marshallese are the other Micronesian languages, including Chuukese, Gilbertese, Kosraean, Nauruan and Pohnpeian. Marshallese shows 33% lexical similarity with Pohnpeian.

Within the Micronesian archipelago, Marshallese—along with the rest of the Micronesian language group—is not as closely related to the more ambiguously classified Oceanic language Yapese in Yap State, or to the Polynesian outlier languages Kapingamarangi and Nukuoro in Pohnpei State, and even less closely related to the non-Oceanic languages Palauan in Palau and Chamorro in the Mariana Islands.

Country

Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands (Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ), is an island country and a United States associated state near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, slightly west of the International Date Line. Geographically, the country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population of 53,158 people (at the 2011 Census ) is spread out over 29 coral atolls, comprising 1,156 individual islands and islets.

The islands share maritime boundaries with the Federated States of Micronesia to the west, Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the southeast, and Nauru to the south. About 27,797 of the islanders (at the 2011 Census) live on Majuro, which contains the capital. Data from the United Nations indicates an estimated population in of. In 2016, 73.3% of the population were defined as being "urban". The UN also indicates a population density of 295 per km 2 (765 people per mi 2 ) and its projected 2020 population is 53,263.

Language

Marshallese language (English)  Lingua marshallese (Italiano)  Marshallees (Nederlands)  Marshallais (Français)  Marshallesische Sprache (Deutsch)  Língua marshalesa (Português)  Маршалльский язык (Русский)  Idioma marshalés (Español)  Język marszalski (Polski)  马绍尔语 (中文)  Marshallesiska (Svenska)  マーシャル語 (日本語)  Маршальська мова (Українська)  Маршалски език (Български)  마셜어 (한국어)  Marshallin kieli (Suomi)  Bahasa Marshall (Bahasa Indonesia)  Maršaliečių kalba (Lietuvių)  Maršálština (Česky)  Maršalli keel (Eesti)  Maršalski jezik (Hrvatski)  Māršaliešu valoda (Latviešu)  Tiếng Marshall (Tiếng Việt) 
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