Makian, West

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Makian Barat, Makian Luar
Population

12,000 (Voegelin and Voegelin 1977). 7,000 on Makian Island, 5,000 on Kayoa Islands.

Location

North Maluku Province. South Halmahera island, southwest coast near Gita town; west Makian island, some Kayoa islands.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Language isolate within north Halmahera. Formerly classified as Austronesian.

Language Use

Also use Indonesian [ind].

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

Muslim.