180,000 (2010). Many L2 users.
East Nusa Tenggara Province. East tip Flores, west Solor islands; in pockets on north Pantar coast, northwest Alor, surrounding islands.
3 (Wider communication).
Lamaholot (Ile Mandiri, Larantuka, Lewolaga, Ritaebang, Taka, Tanjung Bunda), West Lamaholot (Muhang, Pukaunu), West Solor.
The area around Larantuka is multiethnic and some people have shifted to Malay [lrt]. Used as language of wider communication.
‘Lamaholot-Alor’ is used to refer to (1) a lingua franca, (2) any of several Austronesian varieties spoken from eastern Flores to Alor. Alor [aol] is part of a chain which includes Lamaholot. Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.