Watubela

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Esiriun, Kasiui, Kasui, Kesui, Matabello, Snabi Watubela, Wesi
Population

4,000 (1990 SIL).

Location

East central Maluku Province. Watubela islands, north of Kur island.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Sulmelang, Tamher Timur. Lexical similarity: 77% between dialects, 51%–61% with Geser-Gorom [ges], 41% with Teor [tev] and Kur [kuv], 37% with Bobot [bty], 34% with Masiwang [bnf].

Language Use

Many also use Geser-Gorom [ges].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.