Kaili, Ledo

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Kaili, Ledo, Paloesch, Palu
Autonym
Kaili-Ledo
Population

350,000 (2000 census), increasing.

Location

Sulawesi Tengah province: south Donggala, Morowali, south Parigi Moutong, Poso, Sigi, and Tojo Una-Una regencies, Kota Palu city; Una-Una island in Togian chain, coastal groups near Malai, Puna, and Tomori bay head.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Ledo is lingua franca in West Toraja area.

Dialects

Ledo (Palu), Doi (Kayu Malue, Mamboro), Ado (Pakuli, Sibalaya), Edo (Sidondo), Tado (Ri Io, To ri Io, Torio, Toriu), Tara (Parigi), Rai (Sindue-Tawaili, Tawaili-Sindue), Raio (Kori), Ija (Sigi), Taa (Palolo), Ta’a (Dolago-Sausu, Sausu). Doi dialect is intelligible of Ledo and Edo; Ado next most intelligible; Tado a little less. Some intelligibility of Da’a [kzf], but major sociolinguistic differences. Lexical similarity: 80%–88% between Ledo and the Ado, Edo, Doi, and Lindu dialects.

Language Use

Largest and most prestigious of Kaili varieties in Sulawesi. Used as L2 by Uma [ppk].

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tado dialect different from Tado [klw]. Muslim, Christian.

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