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Spoken in Federated States of Micronesia
Region Kosrae
Total speakers 8,000
Language family Austronesian
Official status
Official language in Federated States of Micronesia
Regulated by No official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 kos
ISO 639-3 kos

Kosraean, also sometimes called Kusaiean, is the language spoken on the islands of Kosrae (Kusaie), Caroline Islands, and Nauru. In 2001 there were approximately 8,000 speakers.

Kosraean features possessive classes such as "luhk" for "mine" when referring to dwellings, and "nihmuhk" for "mine" when referring to drinks.

Further reading

  • Yi, K.-d. (1976). Kusaiean-English dictionary. PALI language texts. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. ISBN 0824804139

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