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Cia-Cia

A language of Indonesia (Sulawesi)

ISO 639-3cia

Population  79,000 (2005 SIL).
Region  Southeast Sulawesi, south Buton Island, Binongko Island, Batu Atas Island.
Language map  Indonesia, Sulawesi, reference number 25
Alternate names   Boetoneezen, Buton, Butonese, Butung, South Buton, Southern Butung
Dialects  Kaesabu, Sampolawa (Mambulu-Laporo), Wabula, Masiri. Wabula dialect has further subvarieties: Wabula, Burangasi, Wali, Takimpo, Kondowa, Holimombo. Lexical similarity: 93% with Masiri dialect, 74% with Kambe-Kambero dialect of Kaimbulawa [zka], 69% with Busoa [bup], 67% with Lontoi dialect of Kaimbulawa [zka], 66% with Liabuku [lix], 61% with Wolio [wlo], 60% with Muna [mnb].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Celebic, Eastern, Southeastern, Muna-Buton, Nuclear Muna-Buton, Buton, West Buton
Language use  Vigorous. All ages. Also use Wolio or Indonesian [ind].
Comments  Language name based on the negator cia ‘no’. Muslim.