Alune

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Patasiwa Alfoeren, Sapalewa
Population

17,200 (2000). Largest language in west Seram.

Location

Maluku Province. West Seram island, Seram Barat district, Kairatu, Taniwel districts, 27 villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Central East Alune (Buriah-Weth-Laturake), Central West Alune (Niniari-Piru-Riring-Lumoli), Kairatu, North Coastal Alune (Nikulkan-Murnaten-Wakolo), South Alune (Rambatu-Manussa-Rumberu). Rambatu dialect reportedly prestigious. Kawe [kgb] may be a dialect. Related to Naka’ela [nae] and Lisabata-Nuniali [lcs]. Lexical similarity: 77%–91% among dialects, 64% with Lisabata-Nuniali [lcs], 63% with Hulung [huk] and Naka’ela [nae].

Language Use

People in the interior, the majority, use it daily. Coastal village usage less vigorous. Southern dialect in Kairatu village has no remaining speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%–65%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%–55%. NT: 2012.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.