Banda

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A language of Indonesia

Population

3,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

South Maluku, Kei islands, west and northeast side of Kei Besar island, Banda-Eli and Banda-Elat villages, possibly another village.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Elat, Eli. Different from other south Maluku languages.

Language Use

All domains. Also use Kei [kei]. Used as L2 by Kei [kei].

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

The people originally came from the Banda Islands, but the language is no longer spoken there. Muslim.