Tugun

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Mahuan, Tutunohan
Population

1,200 (1990 SIL). 10 monolinguals.

Location

Maluku Province, southwestern area, Mahuan, Masapun, Tomliapat, Ilpokil, Kahailin, Ilway, and Arwala villages. Wetar island west of Barat Daya archipelago; southeast end of 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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