Carolinian is an Austronesian language spoken in the
Islands, where it is an official language along with
English and Chamorro.
Carolinian is spoken
mostly by the Carolinian people
it is most closely related to Satawalese
, and Puluwatese
. Carolinian has 95% lexical similarity
with Satawalese, 88% with Woleaian and Puluwatese; 81% with
Mortlockese; 78% with Chuukese, 74% with Ulithian. A 1990 census
estimated the number of speakers at about 3,000, currently 5,700.
Carolinian is known as Refaluwasch
by native speakers. It
has 31 characters in its alphabet.