Mambae

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A language of East Timor

Alternate Names
Mambai, Manbae
Population

131,000 (2010 census).

Location

Aileu, Ainaro, and Ermera districts: central Timor mountains; Bobonaro, Dili, and Liquiçá districts: north coast; Cova Lima district: south coast; Manufahi district: Same subdistrict.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).

Dialects

Damata, Lolei, Manua, Mambae. North Mambae and South Mambae show significant differences.

Language Use

Second most widely spoken language of East Timor.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Very little productive morphology compared to Tetun [tet], Uab Meto [aoz], or Galolen [gal]. Traditional religion, Christian.

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