Uma

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Koro, Oema, Pipikoro
Population

20,000 (1990 M. Martens), increasing. 15,000 in the region, 5,000 outside (1990 SIL), 500 in Benggaulu.

Location

Central Sulawesi Province, Donggala regency, South Kulawi and Pipikoro subdistricts, 32 villages. Along Lariang river and tributaries. South Sulawesi Province, North Luwu regency, Bana in enclave within the Seko Padang language area; south Pasangkayu regency, Mamuju subdistrict. Gimpu and Palolo valleys, other areas north of Palu.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bana, Benggaulu (Bingkolu), Kantewu (Central Uma), Southern Uma (Aria), Tobaku (Dompa, Ompa, Western Uma), Tolee’ (Eastern Uma), Winatu (Northern Uma). Literature exists in Kantewu dialect, but many would prefer to read their own dialect.

Language Use

Use vigorous in the Uma homeland. Kantewu is prestige dialect. Among those living outside (e.g., in Palu, Palolo, Gimpu), use is vigorous among adults. For those who move away as adults, Uma remains language of the home. For those who move away as children, half retain Uma as home language. Daily work, local administration, religious services. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind], Ledo Kaili [lew], Seko Padang [skx], or Rampi [lje] (2000 SIL).

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Grammar. NT: 1996.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.