Ili’uun

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Erai, Hahutan, Hahutau, Iliun, Ilmaumau, Limera
Population

1,400 (1990 SIL).

Location

Southwest Maluku Province, Telemar, Karbubu, Klishatu, Ilmaumau, Erai, Nabar, Esulit, and Istutun villages. Wetar island west coast, southwest tip; nearby Lirang island.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Eray, Esulit, Ilmaumau, Karbubu, Klishatu, Nabar, Telemar, Ustutun. All also use the Ili’uun dialect. Lexical similarity: 93%–97% among dialects, 73% with Tugun [tzn], 69% with Aputai [apx], 67% with Perai [wet], 51% with Galolen [gal].

Language Use

Jeh and Juru have no remaining speakers. Also use Ambonese Malay [abs].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Other Comments

Christian.