Kaili, Ledo

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Ledo, Paloesch, Palu
Population

350,000 (2000 census), increasing.

Location

Central Sulawesi Province, coastal area, both sides of neck south of Manimaya peninsula.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Ledo is lingua franca in West Toraja area.

Dialects

Ado (Pakuli, Sibalaya), Doi (Kayu Malue, Mamboro), Edo (Sidondo), Ija (Sigi), Ledo (Palu), Rai (Sindue-Tawaili, Tawaili-Sindue), Raio (Kori), Ta’a (Dolago-Sausu, Sausu), Taa (Palolo), Tado (Ri Io, To ri Io, Torio, Toriu), Tara (Parigi). Doi dialect is intelligible of Ledo and Edo; Ado next most intelligible; Tado a little less. Some intelligibility of Da’a [kzf], but major sociolinguistic differences. Lexical similarity: 80%–88% between Ledo and the Ado, Edo, Doi, and Lindu dialects.

Language Use

Largest and most prestigious of Kaili varieties in Sulawesi. Used as L2 by Uma [ppk].

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tado dialect different from Tado, an alternate name for Lindu [klw]. Muslim, Christian.