Tarangan, West


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Tarangan Barat, West Trangan

7,910 (2011 SIL), increasing. 0 monolinguals. L2 users: Used as L2 on Aru Islands, especially to the south.


Maluku Province, southeastern area, south Aru islands, Tarangan island west coast.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


North Central Tarangan, Southwestern Tarangan. 2 sharply distinct dialect groups with minor variation within them. Lexical similarity: 70% with East Tarangan [tre] and Manombai [woo].


SVO; prepositions; noun head Initial; 2 maximum prefixes, 2 maximum suffixes; clause constituent marked by word order; verb agreement; no passive; 15 lexical consonants; 7 vowel phonemes; nontonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. 100% also use Ambonese Malay [abs]. Dobo Malay dialect. 90% also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–70%. Literacy rate in L2: 90% in Indonesian [ind]. Poetry. New media. Bible portions: 1997–2008.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Largest language group in Aru Islands. Christian, Muslim.