14,000 (Grimes et al 1997). Ethnic population: 18,000 (2015 S. Cameron).
Nusa Tenggara Timur Province; Semau island off of Timor island, western tip of Timor, and Kupang city; interspersed with Amarasi [aaz] and other languages.
Helong Pulau (Island Helong, Semau), Helong Darat (Bolok), Funai (Land Helong).
Unlike many surrounding languages, does not inflect V-initial verb roots for person or number; has long and short vowels; glottal stop, metathesis.
Latin script [Latn].