Kaili, Ledo

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Ledo, Paloesch, Palu
Population

350,000 (2000 census), increasing. 200,000 Ledo, Doi, Ado, and Edo together, 24,000 Ija and Taa together, 63,000 Rai and Raio together, 63,000 Tara. 8,000–10,000 in West Sulawesi.

Location

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

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

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

Ledo is lingua franca in West Toraja area. Largest and most prestigious of Kaili varieties in Sulawesi.

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1999.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

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