East Timor north coast, L1 in Dili area; L2 scattered in western part of East Timor.
1 (National). Statutory national language (2002, Constitution, Article 13).
Increasing in use in urban areas. All domains. All ages. North and South Tetun speakers have significant difficulty understanding it in many speech domains, and vice versa. Some L1 speakers of Tetun Dili consider themselves bilingual in Tetun [tet] due to contact, but when pressed, admit there are domains in which communication is completely blocked.
Latin script [Latn].
Cultural rituals and themes in Tetun [tet] are not as deeply rooted in Tetun Dili. Christian.