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Tae’

A language of Indonesia (Sulawesi)

ISO 639-3rob

Population  250,000 (1992 SIL), increasing.
Region  South Sulawesi, Kabupaten Luwu from Larompong District through Sabbang, and scattered pockets. Rongkong in Luwu District, southeast Limbong and Sabbang subdistricts. Also an enclave in Wasuponda, Nuha subdistrict near Soroako town.
Language map  Indonesia, Sulawesi, reference number 87
Alternate names   East Toraja, Luwu, Rongkong, Rongkong Kanandede, Sada, Sangangalla’, Tae’ Tae’, Taeq, To Rongkong, Toraja Timur, Toware
Dialects  Rongkong, Northeast Luwu, South Luwu, Bua, Toala’, Palili’. Lexical similarity: 92% among dialects, over 86% with the northern dialects, 80% with Toraja-Sa’dan.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, South Sulawesi, Northern, Toraja-Sa’dan
Language use  Vigorous. Lemolang and some Bugis, Torajans speak Tae’. Written use for ancestral stories. All domains. Positive attitude. Also use Indonesian [ind].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 20%–30%. About 10%–20% write.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Agriculturalists: wet rice, coffee, vegetables. Muslim, Christian.