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Kayeli

A language of Indonesia (Maluku)

ISO 639-3kzl

Population  3 (1995). Not used for 3 decades (1989 SIL). Ethnic population: 800 (1995).
Region  Central Maluku, north Buru Island, south Namlea Bay.
Language map  Indonesia, Central Maluku
Alternate names   Caeli, Cajeli, Gaeli, Kajeli
Dialects  Kayeli, Leliali (Liliali), Lumaete (Lumaiti, Mumaite, Lumara).
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Central Maluku, East, Seram, Nunusaku, Kayeli
Language use  Lumaete became extinct in the 1990s and Leliali became extinct in March 1989. Older adults only. Also use Ambonese Malay [abs].
Comments  Ethnic group continues to function. Muslim. Nearly extinct.