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Ili’uun

A language of Indonesia (Maluku)

ISO 639-3ilu

Population  1,400 (1990 SIL).
Region  Southwest Maluku, Wetar Island coast, Telemar, Karbubu, Klishatu, Ilmaumau, Erai (Eray), Nabar, Esulit villages on the west end of Wetar, and Istutun village on Lirang Island, southwest tip of Wetar.
Language map  Indonesia, Nusa Tenggara and Southwestern Maluku
Alternate names   Erai, Hahutan, Hahutau, Iliun, Ilmaumau, Limera
Dialects  Telemar, Karbubu, Ustutun, Klishatu, Ilmaumau, Eray, Nabar, Esulit. All also use the Ili’uun dialect. Lexical similarity: 93%–97% among dialects. Lexical similarity 73% with Tugun [tzn], 69% with Aputai [apx], 67% with Perai [wet], 51% with Talur [ilw].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Timor, Extra-Ramelaic, North, Wetar
Language use  Jeh and Juru have no remaining speakers. Also use Malay [abs].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Comments  Swidden agriculturalists: maize. Christian.
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