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Sumba languages

Sumba
Sumba-Hawu
Geographic
distribution
Indonesia
Linguistic classificationAustronesian
Subdivisions
  • Savu
  • Sumba Island
Glottologsumb1242[1]

The Sumba languages are a group of closely related Austronesian languages which belong to the larger linkage of the Central Malayo-Polynesian languages.

The most widely spoken Sumba language is Kambera, with a quarter million speakers on the eastern half of Sumba Island.[citation needed]

The Hawu language of Savu Island is suspected of having a non-Austronesian substratum, but perhaps not to a greater extent that other languages of central and eastern Flores, such as Sika, or indeed of Central Malayo-Polynesian in general.

Classification

The Sumba languages are all closely related. Blust (2009)[2] found convincing evidence for linking Sumba with Hawu, the most divergent language.

References

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sumba–Hawu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Robert Blust, 2009. "Is there a Bima–Sumba subgroup?" In Oceanic Linguistics