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Dhao

A language of Indonesia (Nusa Tenggara)

ISO 639-3nfa

Population  5,000 (1997 A. Ranoh).
Region  Island of Ndao, scattered on Rote, and Timor.
Language map  Indonesia, Nusa Tenggara and Southwestern Maluku
Alternate names   Dao, Ndao, Ndaonese, Ndaundau
Dialects  Related to Sabu [hvn]. Difficult phonology.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Bima-Sumba
Language development  Bible portions: 2000–2004.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  ‘Dhao’ is how they refer to themselves. ‘Ndao’ is how their Rote neighbors refer to them. Silversmiths. Men leave the island for long periods of seasonal work; women well known weavers of traditional cloth. Christian.