Language name and locationː Dadu'a, East Timor [Not reported on Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区达杜亚, 东帝汶岛北部地


1. isa

21.  ruanulu resin isa

2. warua

22.  ruanulu resin warua

3. watelu

23.  ruanulu resin watelu

4. waak

24.  ruanulu resin waak

5. walima

25.  ruanulu resin walima

6. wanee

26.  ruanulu resin wanee

7. waʔitu

27.  ruanulu resin waʔitu

8. waʔao

28.  ruanulu resin waʔao

9. wasia

29.  ruanulu resin wasia

10. sanulu

30.  telunulu

11. sanulu resin isa

40.  aatnulu

12. sanulu resin warua

50.  limanulu

13. sanulu resin watelu

60.  neenulu

14. sanulu resin waak

70.  itunulu

15. sanulu resin walima

80.  aonulu

16. sanulu resin wanee

90.  sianulu

17. sanulu resin waʔitu

100. atuh isa

18. sanulu resin waʔao

200. atuh warua

19. sanulu resin wasia

1000. rihu isa

20. ruanulu

2000. rihu warua


Linguist providing data and dateː Mr. David Penn, PhD Student, Linguistics, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England, Australia.

September 19, 2012.

供资料的语言学家: Mr. David Penn, 2012 年 9 月 19 日.


Other comments: Dadu'a has a decimal system of counting similar to that of Galoli language, but different from the Tugun language in nearby Wetar Island.

Dadu'a has around 1200 speakers. It is spoken on the north coast of mainland Timor Leste, in the Ilimano area of Manatuto district. This is about 40km east of the Timorese capital, Dili.

The speakers of Dadu'a are a group whose ancestors resettled from the island of Ataúro, to the north. The closest relatives to Dadu'a are the 3 varieties of Ataúro which I sent you data for. Based on a 100-word Swadesh list, the lexical cognacy among these four varieties ranges from 65-75%.

These are all related to the varieties of Wetar and the much larger Galoli language of mainland Timor.

Complicating things, Dadu'a is under intense contact influence from Galoli, while it looks like the speakers of Talur on Wetar island are a recently displaced group of Galoli speakers (±90% lexical cognacy).


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