Muna

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Wuna
Population

300,000 (2007 R. Van den Berg).

Location

Sulawesi Tenggara Province, Muna and Buton (northwest coast) islands; several nearby islands; possible community in Ambon city.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Burukene, Gu, Kadatua, Kapontori, Katobengke, Lakudo, Laompo, Mawasangka, Siompu, Standard Muna (Northern Muna), Tiworo (Eastern Muna). Subvarieties of standard Muna are: Tungkuno, Kabawo, Lawa, Katobu, Tobea Besar; of Gulamas are: Gu, Mawasangka, Lakudo, Wale-Ale, Lawama, Kadatua, Lowu-Lowu, Kalia-Lia, Katobengke, Topa, Salaa, Lawela, Laompo, and Burukene. Lexical similarity: 71% with Pancana [pnp], 62% with Cia-Cia [cia], 52% with Wolio [wlo], 50% with Lasalimu [llm], 47% with Tukang Besi [khc] or [bhq], 45% with Kamaru [kgx].

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Taloki [tlk].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.