Tukang Besi North

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Buton, Wakatobi
Population

120,000 in Indonesia (1995 SIL). 60,000 in Maluku.

Location

South East Sulawesi Province,Tukang Besi archipelago north, Kaledupa and Wangiwangi islands; also, Runduma islands, to east. Maluku, Bacan, Taliabu, Mongole, Buru, Sulabesi, Seram, and Ambon islands. Also, Baubau and Sumbawa cities. Also in Singapore.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Kaledupa (Kahedupa), Wanci (Wangi- Wangi, Wanje, Wanji, Wantji). Lexical similarity: 80% with Kaledupa and Wanci, and may be separate languages. 70%–75% with Tukang Besi South [bhq], 48% with Lasalimu [llm], 47% with Cia-Cia [cia], 40% with Kamaru [kgx], an average of 35% with other nearby languages.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages, even in communities away from the main islands.

Language Development
Grammar.
Other Comments

Most in Nusa Tenggara and Maluku are mixed with Tukang Besi South. Muslim.