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Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > Indonesia (Maluku) > Wemale, South

Wemale, South

A language of Indonesia (Maluku)

ISO 639-3tlw

Population  3,730 (1987 SIL).
Region  Central Maluku, west Seram, Kairatu, mainly interior, and Amahai District westernmost coast. 15 villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Central Maluku
Alternate names   Honitetu, Tala
Dialects  Dialect chain between Horale [weo], Kasieh [weo], Uwenpantai [weo], and Honitetu dialect. Kawe [kgb] may be a dialect. Lexical similarity: 80% between the Horale and Kasieh dialects of Wemale, North [weo], and between Uwenpantai dialect of Wemale, North and the Honitetu dialect, 72% with North Wemale, 66% with Hulung [huk], 47% with Yalahatan [jal].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Central Maluku, East, Seram, Nunusaku, Three Rivers, Wemale
Language use  Vigorous.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Comments  Christian.