Larike-Wakasihu

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A language of Indonesia

Population

12,600 (1987 SIL).

Location

Maluku Province, Larike, Wakasihu, Tapi, Allang, and Lai villages. Southwesternmost Ambon island coast, Hitu peninsula.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Allang, Larike, Wakasihu. The western end of the Ambon dialect subgroup. Lexical similarity: 81% among Allang, and Larike, and Wakasihu dialects; 92% between Larike and Wakasihu; 68%–71% with Asilulu [asl], 67%–72% with Negeri Lima dialect of Asilulu [asl].

Language Use

Vigorous use in Larike and Wakasihu, weak in Allang. Only older adults in Allang, Allang Asaude, Uraur, and Urusana still know Allang, but apparently do not use it. Younger generation prefers regional or national language. Also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.