Wetarese language

Wetarese language

Infobox Language
region=Southeast Asia
fam2=Malayo-Polynesian (MP)
fam3=Nuclear MP
fam4=Central-Eastern MP
fam5=Central MP
fam7=Southwest Maluku
ll13=Parai language

Wetarese is the language of Wetar, an island in the south Moluccas, Indonesia, as well as the nearby islands Liran and Atauro, the latter belonging to East Timor.

On Atauro, there are three dialects of Wetarese spoken, Rahesuk in the north, Resuk in the southeast, and Raklungu in the southwest. A fourth dialect, Dadu'a, is spoekn by the descendants of a group of Ataurans who moved to Timor, in the villages of Manatuto.

The language is closely related to Galoli, spoken on Timor on the north coast near Atauro. However, Wetarese has been more influenced by Malay.

External links

* [http://www.asianlang.mq.edu.au/INL/langs.html Survey of languages of East Timor]
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=90250 Wetarese languages at Ethnologue

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