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Idalaka language

Idalaka
RegionEast Timor
Native speakers
17,000 (2010 census)[1]
Dialects
  • Idaté
  • Isní
  • Lakalei
  • Lolein
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
idt – Idaté
lka – Lakalei
Glottologeast2733[2]
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Distribution of Idaté mother-tongue speakers in East Timor
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Distribution of Lakalai
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Distribution of Isní
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Distribution of Lolein
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Distribution of Idalaka

Idalaka is a dialect chain spoken in East Timor. The dialects are spoken in the Ramelau mountains with the exception of endangered Lolein, which is spoken in Dili. Idalaka resembles the Kemak language in that there are archaic features such as personal prefixes in verbs. Idalaka is one of 15 recognized national languages of East Timor. The name is a portmanteau of Idaté and Lakalai.

References

  1. ^ Idaté at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Lakalei at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eastern Timoric B". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.