|Native to||Federated States of Micronesia|
|unknown (1,600 cited 1987 census)|
|Latin, formerly Woleaian syllabary|
Official language in
|Federated States of Micronesia|
Woleaian is the main language of the island of Woleai and surrounding smaller islands in the state of Yap of the Federated States of Micronesia. Woleaian is a Trukic language, and within that family its closest relative is Satawalese, with which it is largely mutually intelligible. Woleaian is divided into two dialects: Woleaian proper and Lamotrek. There are approximately 1700 speakers of Woleaian.
Woleai has a writing system of its own, a syllabary influenced in part by Latin letters.
Woleaian has geminate (long) consonants and vowels.
In the orthography of Sohn (1975), along with a few approximations in the IPA, the inventory is,
|short oral consonant||b [ɸʷ]||p||f||t||s||l||sh [ʃ]||r||g [x]|
|equivalent geminate||bb [pːʷ]||pp||ff||tt||ss||nn [nː]||ch [tʃ]||k [kː]|
|nasal consonant||mw [mʷ]||m||n||ng [ŋ]|
Note that both sh and r become ch when long, and that l becomes nn.
Vowels occur long and short, except for eo and oa, which are only found long.
Sohn, H.M. 1975. Woleaian Reference Grammar. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-0356-6
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