Tarangan, West


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Tarangan Barat, West Trangan
Rau Jarjar

7,910 (2011 SIL), increasing. No monolinguals.


Maluku province: south Aru islands, Tarangan island west coast.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Southwestern Tarangan (Rau Jar-jar, Tarangan Barat, TarBar, West Tarangan), North Central Tarangan (Northwest-Serwatu Tarangan, Ra Jir-jar, Rau Jar-jar). 2 sharply distinct dialect groups with minor variation within them. Lexical similarity: 70% with East Tarangan [tre] and Manombai [woo].


SVO; prepositions; noun head Initial; 2 maximum prefixes, 2 maximum suffixes; clause constituent marked by word order; verb agreement; no passive; 15 lexical consonants; 7 vowel phonemes; nontonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, community. Used by all. Positive attitudes. All also use Ambonese Malay [abs], and the Dobo Malay dialect in particular. Most also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 10%–70%. Literacy rate in L2: 90% in Indonesian [ind]. Literature. Bible portions: 1997–2008.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Largest language group in Aru Islands. Christian, Muslim.

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