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Makuva language

Maku'a, Lóvaia
Native toEast Timor
Native speakers
extinct since 1950s[1] to 56 (2010 census)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lva
Distribution of Makuva speakers in East Timor

Makuva, also known as Maku'a or Lóvaia,[4] is an apparently extinct Austronesian language spoken at the northeast tip of East Timor near the town of Tutuala.

Makuva has been heavily influenced by neighboring East Timorese Papuan languages, to the extent that it was long thought to be a Papuan language. The ethnic population was 50 in 1981, but the younger generation uses Fataluku as their first or second language.


  1. ^ Noorderlicht Noorderlicht Nieuws: Raadselachtig Rusenu
  2. ^ Makuva at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Maku'a". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ van Engelenhoven, Aone (2010). "The Makuva Enigma: Locating a Hidden Language in East Timor". Revue Roumaine de linguistique. 80: 161–181.

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