14,000 (Grimes et al. 1997). Ethnic population: 15,000 to 20,000.
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
Helong Darat shifting to Kupang Malay [mkn]. Funai dialect endangered through intermarriage and urban contact. Home, community, traditional ceremonies.
Christian, traditional religion.