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Extinct: no
Family: Austro-Asiatic
Branch: Mon-Khmer
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Region: CAR: North Nicobar Islands, Car Island. CENTRAL: Nicobar Islands, Katchal, Camorta, Nancowry, and Trinket islands. SOUTHERN: Nicobar Islands, Little Nicobar and outer Great Nicobar islands.
Countries Where Spoken: CAR: 30,000 (1997 IMA). CENTRAL: 2,200 (1981), 800 Nancowry, 1,400 closely related dialects (1981 Radhakrishnan). 22,100 in all six Nicobarese languages (1981 Wurm and Hattori). SOUTHERN: 5,045 (2000 WCD).
Countries Where Official: India
Native Speakers: 39,445
Speakers Total: 57,145
Phrasebase members who speak Nicobarese at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Nicobarese at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Nicobarese: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Nicobarese: 0
Three Letter Code: CAQ
Alternative Names: PU, CAR, NICOBAR, NICOBARA
Summary: CAR: Literacy rate in second language: 18% (1971). A Scheduled Tribe in India. Roman script. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible 1969. CENTRAL: Car, Chaura, Shom Peng, Southern Nicobarese, and Teressa are separate but closely related languages. Devanagari and Roman scripts. Bible portions 1884-1890. SOUTHERN: None

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