Kao

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Kau, Ka’u
Population

400 (2000).

Location

North Maluku Province. North Halmahera island; on Kao bay, area near Kao river mouth.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Could be a marginal dialect of Pagu [pgu], but relates uniquely to other languages in Kao River subbranch.

Language Use

Ethnic group membership expressed by knowing the language. Speakers 40 and older.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%.
Other Comments

Muslim.