14,000 (Grimes et al. 1997). Ethnic population: 15,000.
East Nusa Tenggara Province. Semau island off of Timor island, western tip of Timor, and Kupang city. Interspersed with Amarasi [aaz] and other languages.
Funai (Land Helong), Helong Darat (Bolok), Helong Pulau (Island Helong, Semau).
Unlike many surrounding languages, does not inflect V-initial verb roots for person or number; has long and short vowels; glottal stop, metathesis.
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.