Hawu

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Havunese, Sabu, Savu, Savunese, Sawu, Sawunese
Population

110,000 (1997). About 30,000 outside Sabu Island.

Location

East Nusa Tenggara Province. Sawu and Raijua islands; 3 enclaves, 2 on Sumba island, Waingapu and Melolo areas; south central Flores island, Ende area. Others in Kupang city, Timor island.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Liae, Mesara (Mehara), Raijua (Raidjua), Seba (Heba), Timu (Dimu).

Typology

Complex phonetics with implosives, glottal, long and short vowels, long and short consonants

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2000.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.