Kaili, Da’a


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Binggi, Bunggu, Da’a, Pakawa, Pekava, Pekawa

55,000 (2007 SIL), increasing. 3,000–5,000 Da’a and Inde in south Sulawesi. Many monolinguals.


Sulawesi Tengah and Sulawesi Barat provinces in Marawola, Dolo, Sigi-Biromaru, Palolo, and Banawa subdistricts. ‘Bunggu’ used for Da’a and Inde in West Sulawesi, Mamuju regency, Pasangkayu subdistrict, near Palu.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Da’a (Dombu), Inde. Some intelligibility of Ledo dialect of Kaili, Ledo [lew] and other Kaili varieties, but with major sociolinguistic differences. Lexical similarity: 98% between the Da’a and Inde dialects.

Language Use

Vigorous. Most children know little Indonesian [ind] when entering school. All domains. Oral use in local administration, commerce, school. Some oral and written use in church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind] in church.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 45%. NT: 1998.

Latin script [Latn].

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