Palauan (a tekoi er a Belau) is ane o the twa offeecial leids o the Republic o Palau, the ither bein Inglis. It is a member o the Austronesie faimily o leids, an is ane o anly twa indigenous leids in Micronesie that isna pairt o the Oceanic branch o that faimily, the ither bein Chamorro (see Dempwolff 1934, Blust 1977, Jackson 1986, an Zobel 2002). Maist resairchers agree that Palauan an Chamorro are instead ootliers on the Sunda-Sulawesi branch o the Austronesie leid faimily, tho it haes been claimed that Palauan constitutes a possibly independent branch o the Malayo-Polynesian leids (Dyen 1965). The Palauan leid is widely uised in day-tae-day life in Palau.

a tekoi er a Belau
Native taePalau, Guam, Northren Mariana Islands
Native speakers
17,000 (2008)[1]
Laitin, umwhile katakana[2]
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Regulatit biPalau Leid Commission
Leid codes
ISO 639-2pau
ISO 639-3pau
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  1. The figure used here, for all countries, is from Ethnologue. According to the 2005 Palau Census, there are 18,544 people aged 5 years or older residing in the Republic of Palau, of whom 4,718 do not speak Palauan. There are thus an estimated 13,826 Palauan speakers in Palau as of 2005; the UNSD estimated 12,400 in Palau in 2008. This number does not include native Palauan speakers residing outside of Palau, who probably comprise several thousand additional speakers (4,000 according to Ethnologue). (See Nuger 2016:13.)
  2. Katakana is na langer widely uised, syne the orthography based on Laitin script haes received offeecial status an is taucht in schuils. But see Matsumoto 2001:90.
  3. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Palauan". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.