Rukai

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A language of Taiwan

Alternate Names
Banga, Bantalang, Bantaurang, Drukai, Drukay, Dukai, Dyokay, Kadas, Rutkai, Sarisen, Taloma, Tsalisen, Tsarisen
Population

10,500 (CIP-EY 2002). Some monolingual older adults. Ethnic population: 10,500.

Location

South central mountains, Ping Tung area, 11 villages; Taitung area, 2 or 3 villages; west of the Puyuma [pyu].

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Budai, Labuan, Maga, Mantauran, Tanan, Tona. Mantauran, Tona, and Maga dialects are divergent.

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

All domains. Some older adults also use Japanese [jpn]. Budai people speak Taiwanese [nan]. Also use Puyuma [pyu].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2001.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Some linguists classify it as Paiwanic. Paiwanic influence.