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.
Central Sulawesi Province, coastal area, both sides of neck south of Manimaya peninsula.
3 (Wider communication).
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.
Ledo is lingua franca in West Toraja area. Largest and most prestigious of Kaili varieties in Sulawesi.
Tado dialect different from Tado, an alternate name for Lindu [klw]. Muslim, Christian.