Amarasi

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Timor Amarasi, Uab Meto
Population

70,000 (2011 Unit Bahasa dan Budaya - Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor (UBB-GMIT)).

Location

Nusa Tenggara Timur province: Kupang regency, Timor island southwest tip; Timur sea near Benini point east to Ela point, interior as far north as Oesa town; 80 villages. Dialects: central and east (Kotos), west (Ro’is), south (Ro’is Tais Nonof), Kota Kupang area (Ro’is Hero).

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kotos, Ro’is, Ro’is Tais Nonof, Ro’is Hero (Kopa). Part of Uab Meto language chain. Reportedly similar to Uab Meto [aoz] but with differences in phonology, vocabulary, and discourse, with semantic shifts, structural differences, intelligibility problems. Ro’is Tais Nonof dialect has intonation like Ro’is dialect, vocabulary like Kotos dialect.

Language Development
Literature. Newspapers. Texts. NT: 2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Interspersed with Helong [heg]. Most literature in Kotos dialect. Christian.

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