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Luang

A language of Indonesia (Maluku)

ISO 639-3lex

Population  18,000 (1995 SIL). 200 monolinguals.
Region  South Maluku, east of Timor, Moa, Lakor, Luang, Sermata, Wetan, northwest Babar Islands.
Language map  Indonesia, Southern Maluku
Alternate names   Letri Lgona, Lgona, Literi Lagona
Dialects  Luang, Wetan (Wetang), Moa, Lakor. Low comprehension of Leti [lti]. Lexical similarity: 89% with Leti.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Timor, Extra-Ramelaic, East, Luang-Kisar, Luang
Language use  Positive attitude. Also use Ambonese Malay [abs], Indonesian [ind], Leti, or Kisar [kje].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 15%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 2005.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Matrilineal. Fishermen; harvesting sea shells, seaweed, sea cucumbers; copra production; animal husbandry: goats, water buffalo. Christian.