Amarasi

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Timor Amarasi, Uab Meto
Population

70,000 (2011 UBB-GMIT).

Location

East Nusa Tenggara Province. Southwest tip, Timor island, 80 villages. Dialect locations: Kotos is central and east, Ro’is is west, Ro’is Tais Nonof is south, Ro’is Hero surrounded by Helong [heg] language area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kotos, Ro’is, Ro’is Hero (Kopa), Ro’is Tais Nonof. Part of Uab Meto language chain. Similar to Uab Meto [aoz] but with differences in phonology, vocabulary, and discourse, with semantic shifts, structural differences, intelligibility problems. Ro’is Tais Nonof dialect has intonation like Ro’is dialect, vocabulary like Kotos dialect.

Language Use

Some also use Indonesian [<a href=show_language.asp?code=ind>ind</a>].

Language Development
Poetry. Newspapers. Bible portions: 2002–2011.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Interspersed with Helong [heg]. Most literature in Kotos dialect. Christian.