Manusela

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Wahai, Wahinama
Population

7,000 (1989 SIL).

Location

Maluku Province, 30 villages. Seram island, north, Mansuela mountain area; south, area along Teluti bay.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Hatuolu, Kanikeh, Maneo, South Manusela. Lexical similarity: 66%–74% between the Kanikeh dialect and other varieties, 67%–75% with Hatuolo, 64%–86% with Maneo, 66%–86% with Maneoratu, 67%–80% with South Manusela; 64%–72% with Huaulu [hud], 42%–61% with Liana Seti [ste], 45% with Saleman [sau].

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Teluti [tlt].

Language Development
Grammar.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.