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

Nusa Tenggara Timur 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

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

Typology

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

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2000.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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