180,000 in Indonesia (2010). Total users in all countries: 225,000.
Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Flores Timur regency, also Solor island; possibly in pockets on north Pantar coast, northwest Alor, surrounding islands.
3 (Wider communication).
West Lamaholot (Muhang, Pukaunu), Lamaholot (Ile Mandiri, Larantuka, Lewolaga, Ritaebang, Taka, Tanjung Bunda), West Solor.
The area around Larantuka is multiethnic and some people have shifted to Malay [lrt]. Used as language of wider communication. Used as L2 by Adonara [adr], Alor [aol], Ile Ape [ila], Lamalera [lmr], Lamatuka [lmq], Levuka [lvu], Lewo Eleng [lwe], Lewotobi [lwt], South Lembata [lmf], West Lembata [lmj].
‘Lamaholot-Alor’ is used to refer to both a lingua franca and also to any of several Austronesian varieties spoken from eastern Flores to Alor. Alor [aol] is part of a chain which includes Lamaholot. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.