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Kisar

A language of Indonesia (Maluku)

ISO 639-3kje

Population  20,000 (1995 SIL).
Region  South Maluku, Kisar Island northeast of Timor Island, 19 villages; Roma Island, Hila and Likagraha (Solath) villages; Wetar Island, Amau, Naumatan, Hi’ai; Ambon City, Dili, and Kupang.
Language map  Indonesia, Nusa Tenggara and Southwestern Maluku
Alternate names   Meher, Yotowawa
Dialects  Not related to Oirata [oia], which has sometimes been called a dialect.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Timor, Extra-Ramelaic, East, Luang-Kisar, Kisar
Language use  Trade language. Used as L2 by a few Oirata on Kisar Island.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Bible portions: 1997.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Called Yotowawa or Meher locally. Christian.