Maluku Province, Seram island, Seram Bagian Barat regency, Kairatu, Taniwel districts, mainly interior except for coastal strips, north shore, Latuhelu area, two stretches on Piru bay, southwest: 27 villages.
Kairatu, Central West Alune (Niniari-Piru-Riring-Lumoli), South Alune (Rambatu-Manussa-Rumberu), North Coastal Alune (Nikulkan-Murnaten-Wakolo), Central East Alune (Buriah-Weth-Laturake). Rambatu dialect reportedly prestigious. Kawe [kgb] may be a dialect. Lexical similarity: 77%–91% among dialects, 64% with Lisabata-Nuniali [lcs], 63% with Hulung [huk] and Naka’ela [nae].
People in the interior, the majority, use it daily. Coastal village usage less vigorous. Southern dialect in Kairatu village has no remaining speakers. Also use Indonesian [ind].
Latin script [Latn].
Largest language in west Seram. Christian.