Dai

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A language of Indonesia

Population

820 (2007 SIL).

Location

Maluku province: Maluku Barat Daya regency, Sinairusi, 3 other villages on Lewa island.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

No dialect variation. Lexical similarity: 72% with Dawera-Daweloor (most similar) [ddw], 71% with Nakarahamto, 49% with Masela-South Babar, 48% with Tepa (Luang).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, gardens, village, ceremonies, religion. Positive attitudes. Also use Ambonese Malay [abs], specifically a regional variety, in the home, garden, ceremonies; children are taught this variety first and later become proficient in the vernacular. Also use Indonesian [ind], primarily in government and Christian religious domains.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Christian.

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