Kaili, Da’a


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Binggi, Bunggu, Da’a, Pakawa, Pekava, Pekawa

55,000 (2007 SIL), increasing. 3,000–5,000 Da’a and Inde in south Sulawesi. Many monolinguals.


Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi provinces: Banawa, Dolo, Marawola, Palolo, and Sigi-Biromaru sub-districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Da’a (Dombu), Inde. Some intelligibility of Ledo dialect of Kaili, Ledo [lew] and other Kaili varieties, but with major sociolinguistic differences. Lexical similarity: 98% between the Da’a and Inde dialects.

Language Use

Vigorous. Most children know little Indonesian [ind] when entering school. All domains. Oral use in local administration, commerce, school. Some oral and written use in church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind], especially in church.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 45%. NT: 1998.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

‘Bunggu’ is the name used for Da’a and Inde in West Sulawesi (Mamuju regency, Pasangkayu sub-district). Christian.

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