Hawu

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Havunese, Sabu, Savu, Savunese, Sawu, Sawunese
Population

110,000 (1997). About 30,000 outside Sabu Island.

Location

East Nusa Tenggara Province. Sawu and Raijua islands; 3 enclaves, 2 on Sumba island, Waingapu and Melolo areas; south central Flores island, Ende area. Others in Kupang city, Timor island.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Liae, Mesara (Mehara), Raijua (Raidjua), Seba (Heba), Timu (Dimu).

Typology

Complex phonetics with implosives, glottal, long and short vowels, long and short consonants.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Helong [heg].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2000.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.