Native toMicronesia
Native speakers
ca. 700 (2014)[1]
Latin script
Language codes
ISO 639-3(covered by Pohnpeian)

Ngatikese, or Sapwuahfik, is a Micronesian language originating on Sapwuahfik atoll, Federated States of Micronesia.[2] Of the 700 Ngatikese speakers, only about 450 live on Sapwuahfik.[1] It was previously considered a distinct dialect of Pohnpeian, but was later reclassified as the two proved to be only partially mutually intelligible. It is currently considered vulnerable, as many of its speakers have gradually shifted to Pohnpeian.[1]

Ngatikese has a men's register.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Ngatikese". Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  2. ^ Lynch, John; Ross, Malcolm; Crowley, Terry (2002). The Oceanic languages. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon. ISBN 978-0-7007-1128-4. OCLC 48929366.
  3. ^ Tryon, D. "Ngatikese Men's Language". In Pawley, A., Ross, M. and Tryon, D. editors, The boy from Bundaberg: Studies in Melanesian linguistics in honour of Tom Dutton. PL-514:345-360. Pacific Linguistics, The Australian National University, 2001. doi:10.15144/PL-514.345