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Sawila language

RegionAlor Island
Native speakers
3,000 (2014)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3swt

Sawila, or Tanglapui, is a Papuan language of the Alor archipelago. Dialects are Sawila proper, Lona, Salimana, Lalamana, Sileba. Sawila speakers refer to their language as Manata.[3]


Sawila consonant phonemes
Labial Alveodental Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ <ng>
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ <'>
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative s
Approximant w j <y>
Lateral l
Trill r
Sawila vowel phonemes
Front Central Back
unrounded rounded
short long short long short long short long
Close i <ii> y <uy> <uyi> u <uu>
Mid e <ee> o <oo>
Open a <aa>


  1. ^ "The Alor-Pantar languages:".
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sawila". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Kratochvíl, František (2014). "Sawila". In Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Volume 1. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 351–438.

External links

  • Sawila at The Language Archive