Saaroa

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A language of Taiwan

Alternate Names
Hla’alua, La’alua, La’arua, Lha’alua, Pachien, Paichien, Rarua, Saarua, Saroa, Shishaban, Sisyaban
Population

10 (2012 C. Pan). Ethnic population: 300 (2000 UNESCO).

Location

Kaohsiung county: enclave south and southeast of Minchuan, along Laonung river in west central mountains.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Kanakanabu [xnb].

Language Use

Moribund (2000 S. Wurm). Few remaining speakers in 1990. Shifting to Bunun [bnn]. Home. Mainly older adults. Neutral attitudes.

Language Development
Grammar.
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