Kaibobo

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Kaibubu
Population

500 (Collins 1983).

Location

Maluku Province, Kairatu district, Kaibobo, Hatusua, Waisamu, Kamarian, Seruawan, and Tihulale villages. West Seram island, Piru bay area.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Hatusua, Kaibobo. Related to Lisabata-Nuniali [lcs]. Lexical similarity: 82%–88% between Kaibobo and Hatusua dialect, 75% with Kamarian [kzx], 62%–65% with Saparua [spr], 62% with Luhu [ppr], 61% with Naka’ela [nae].

Language Use

May be shifting to Ambonese Malay [abs] in some villages.

Other Comments

Christian.