Dengka

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Rote, Rote Barat, Roti, Rotinese, Western Rote
Population

20,000 (2002 UKAW).

Location

East Nusa Tenggara Province. Rote island, northwest coast, from Ba’a town west to Tasilo bay near northwest corner of island.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Eastern Dengka, Lelain, Western Dengka. Western Dengka dialect has marked intonation; some occurrences of, ngg, in Eastern Dengka dialect become, nd, in Western Dengka. Some vocabulary of Western Dengka is like Dhao [nfa]. Dengka and Dela-Oenale [row] are more divergent from other languages on Rote.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages.

Language Development
Bible portions: 2004.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.