Muna

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A language of Indonesia

Autonym
Wuna
Population

300,000 (2007 R. Van den Berg).

Location

Southeast Sulawesi province: Buton regency, Kadatuang and Siumpu islands; some in Ambon city; Buton Utara regency on northwest Buton island along Buntung strait, from Puntau north past Lebo; Muna regency, Muna and Tiworo islands.

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Language Status

6b* (Threatened).

Dialects

Standard Muna (Northern Muna), Tiworo (Eastern Muna), Gu, Lakudo, Mawasangka, Kadatua, Siompu, Katobengke, Burukene, Laompo, Kapontori. Subvarieties of standard Muna are: Tungkuno, Kabawo, Lawa, Katobu, Tobea Besar; of Gulamas are: Gu, Mawasangka, Lakudo, Wale-Ale, Lawama, Kadatua, Lowu-Lowu, Kalia-Lia, Katobengke, Topa, Salaa, Lawela, Laompo, and Burukene. Lexical similarity: 71% with Pancana [pnp], 62% with Cia-Cia [cia], 52% with Wolio [wlo], 50% with Lasalimu [llm], 47% with Tukang Besi [khc] or [bhq], 45% with Kamaru [kgx].

Typology

SVO; prepositions; noun initial, except numerals and quantifiers; classifiers; verb affixes mark person and number; causative prefix; 25 consonants and 5 vowels; stress on the penultimate syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Taloki [tlk].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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