Tobelo

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A language of Indonesia

Population

L1 users: 27,700 (2000).

Location

Maluku Utara province: Kao, Jailolo, and Tubelo districts on north Halmahera island; Maba and Wasile districts on central Halmahera; Morotai island central east coast; Ambon, Bacan, Gane, Obi, Patani, Raja Ampat, and Weda islands; Papua province: Sorong area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Dodinga, Boëng, Tobelo (Heleworuru).

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind], North Moluccan Malay [max]. Used as L2 by Sawai [szw].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2002.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Taught in middle school in Tobelo town. Traditional religion, Christian.

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