Aputai

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Ilputih, Opotai, Tutunohan
Population

150 (Hinton 2000). Welemur dialect has no remaining speakers.

Location

Southwest Maluku Province, 2 villages. North central Wetar island, Banda Sea coast, Ilputih village; south central Wetar, Wetar strait coast, Lurang village.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Ilputih, Lurang, Welemur. Lexical similarity: 93% among dialects, 79% with Perai [wet], 74% with Tugun [tzn], 69% with Ili’uun [ilu], 57% with Galolen [gal].

Language Use

Influence from Galolen [gal] and Indonesian [ind] (2007). Also use Malay [abs]. Ilputih dialect speakers also use Galolen [gal].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Other Comments

Christian.