Western Rote
Native toIndonesia
RegionRote Island
Native speakers
7,000 (2002)[1]
  • Dela (Delha)
  • Oenale (Oe Nale)
Language codes
ISO 639-3row

Dela–Oenale (Western Rote, Delha, Oe Nale, Rote, Rote Barat, Roti) is an Austronesian language of Indonesia. Western Rote is a member of the Timor-Babar branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken in west coast of Rote Island near Timor by about 7,000 people.


Western Rote language has all 26 English letters (Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz), the glottal stop, 5 digraphs (gh, kh, mb, nd, ng, sy) and a trigraph (ngg).

gh (replaced by g), kh (k), q (k), sy, v (f), x, and z (s) are only used in loanwords and foreign names.


  1. ^ Dela-Oenale at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)