Kaili, Da’a


A language of Indonesia

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

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. Used by all. 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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