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Ternate

A language of Indonesia (Maluku)

ISO 639-3tft

Population  42,000 (Wurm and Hattori 1981).
Region  North Maluku, Ternate, Kayoa, Bacan, Obi Islands, coastal communities on western north Halmahera.
Language map  Indonesia, Northern Maluku
Dialects  Similar to Tidore [tvo].
Classification  West Papuan, North Halmahera, Ternate-Tidore
Language use  Lingua franca in north and northeast Halmahera. Vigorous. 20,000 L2 speakers.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%.
Comments  Muslim.
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