Wetarese language


Wetarese language

Infobox Language
name=Wetarese
nativename=Wetar
familycolor=Austronesian
states=Indonesia
region=Southeast Asia
speakers=
fam2=Malayo-Polynesian (MP)
fam3=Nuclear MP
fam4=Central-Eastern MP
fam5=Central MP
fam6=Timor-Flores
fam7=Southwest Maluku
iso2=wet
iso3=wet
|lc1=apx
ld1=Aputai
lc2=ilu
ld2=Ili'uun
lc3=wet
ld3=Parai
ll13=Parai language
lc4=ilw
ld4=Talur
lc5=tzn
ld5=Tugun

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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