Tugun

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Mahuan, Tutunohan
Autonym
Tugun
Population

L1 users: 1,200 (1990 SIL). 10 monolinguals.

Location

Maluku province: southwest in Arwala, Ilpokil, Ilway, Kahailin, Mahuan, Masapun, and Tomliapat villages; southeast Wetar island.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Mahuan, Masapua, Tomliapat, Ilpokil, Kahailin Ilway, Arwala. Lexical similarity: 92%–97% among dialects, 76% with Perai [wet], 74% with Aputai [apx], 73% with Ili’uun [ilu], 52% with Galolen [gal].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, local commerce, oral tradition. Positive attitudes. Also use Ambonese Malay [abs], Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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