Dai

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A language of Indonesia

Population

820 (2007 SIL).

Location

Maluku Province, Sinairusi, 3 other villages. Babar island group, Dai island; north of Babar.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

No dialect variation. Lexical similarity: 72% with Dawera-Daweloor (most similar) [ddw], 71% with Nakarahamto, 49% with Masela-South Babar, 48% with Tepa (Luang).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, gardens, village, ceremonies, religion. Positive attitudes. Also use a regional Malay variety, probably a dialect of Ambonese Malay [abs], in the home, garden, ceremonies; children are taught this variety first but become proficient in the vernacular. Speakers also use Indonesian [ind] primarily in government, Christian religious domains.

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

Christian.