Wotu

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Wadu
Population

L1 users: 500 (2009 Masruddin and Wahibah), decreasing. Ethnic population: 4,000 (2009).

Location

Sulawesi Selatan province: Luwu Timur regency, Wotu sub-district, Bawalipu and Lampenai villages in north Bone bay; coast near Kalaena river mouth.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 58% with Wolio [wlo], 53% with Laiyolo [lji], average 43% with South Sulawesi Group, 43% with Kaili-Pamona Subgroup, 41% with Seko Padang [skx], 39% with Tae’ Luwu [rob], 36%–43% with Bungku-Tolaki Subgroup, 37% with Toraja-Sa’dan [sda], 33% with Bugis [bug], 31% with Rampi [lje], 25% with Lemolang [ley].

Language Use

Parents no longer pass Wotu on to their children (2009). Also use Indonesian [ind]. Also use Bugis [bug], particularly the Luwu dialect.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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