Babar, North

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A language of Indonesia

Population

1,000 (2007 SIL).

Location

South Maluku Province, Ilwiara, Nakarhamto, and Yatoke villages, northeast Babar island east of Timor island.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Dialect variation reported.

Language Use

Shifting to a local Malay variety. Home, gardens, ceremonies. Also use a regional Malay variety, probably a dialect of Ambonese Malay [abs], in all domains, more than vernacular. Speakers use Indonesian [ind] primarily in government, Christian religious ceremonies.

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

Christian.