Haruku

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A language of Indonesia

Population

18,200 (1989 SIL).

Location

Maluku Province. Haruku island, including Lease islands; between Ambon and Seram islands.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Hulaliu, Kabauw, Kailolo, Pelauw, Rohomoni. Each village uses a separate dialect. Lexical similarity: 81%–92% among dialects, 74%–76% with Tulehu [tlu], 67%–71% with Saparua [spr].

Language Use

Also use Ambonese Malay [abs].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.