Tela-Masbuar

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Masbuar-Tela, Tela’a
Population

1,050 (2007 SIL).

Location

Maluku Province south, Tela and Masbuar villages. Southwest Babar island.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, gardens, village, ceremonies, religion. Also use a regional Malay variety, probably a dialect of Ambonese Malay [abs], in all domains, except for home and cultural domains; children are taught the Malay variety first. Speakers also use Indonesian [ind] primarily in government and Christian religious domains.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Other Comments

Christian.