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Kafoa language

Native toIndonesia
RegionAlor Island, East Nusa Tenggara
Native speakers
1,000 (2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kpu

Kafoa, or Jafoo, is a Papuan language of Alor Island in the Alor archipelago of Indonesia. The name "Kafoa" is not recognized by speakers; it is not clear which name they use themselves. Kafoa speakers are frequently multilingual, also speaking Malay, Klon and Abui. Children are typically initially taught Malay by their parents and later acquire Kafoa after having reached school age.[3]


The data in this section are taken from Baird (2017)[3].


Consonant phonemes
  Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d     k g
Fricative f   s           h  
Nasal   m   n     ŋ <ng>      
Approximant   w     j <y>          
Rhotic       r            
Lateral       l            


Vowel phonemes
  Front Central Back
High i     u
      ʊ ʊ:  
ɛ ɛː       ɔː
Low     a    

External links


  1. ^ "UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in danger". Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kafoa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Baird, Louise (2017). "Kafoa". In Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Volume 2. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 55–108.