Leti

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A language of Indonesia

Population

7,500 (1995 SIL).

Location

Maluku Province, Leti island.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Marginal intelligibility and difficulty with written Luang [lex]. Lexical similarity: 89% with Luang [lex].

Language Use

No longer spoken by younger generations (Hajek 2006). Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Luang [lex].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%.
Other Comments

Matrilineal. They share historical and cultural heritage with Luang [lex], but maintain their own identity and local pride. Christian.