Galela

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A language of Indonesia

Population

79,000 (1990 SIL). 41,000 Kadai, 10,000 Kadina, 24,000 Morotai, and 4,000 Sopi.

Location

North Maluku Province. Halmahera island; Galela bay, north to northern tip of island, scattered communities, southwest coast. Morotai island except southeast quadrant. Gunage and Moari islands near Kayoa island. Bacan, Obi, Kasiratua, Mandioli, and Labutia islands, coastal areas.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kadai, Kadina, Morotai, Sopi. Laba [lau] may be a dialect. 65% intelligibility of Loloda [loa], Loloda 85% of Galela.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2002.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.