Fordata
Vaidida
Native toIndonesia
RegionTanimbar Islands
Native speakers
50,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3frd
Glottologford1242

Fordata (Vai Fordata, Vai Tnebar) is an Austronesian language spoken in the Tanimbar Islands of the Moluccas. It is closely related to Kei, and more distantly to Yamdena, both also spoken in the Tanimbar Islands.[2]

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Dental/
Alveolar
Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless k ʔ
voiced b d
Fricative voiceless f s h
voiced v
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral l
Trill r
Approximant w j

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a

References

  1. ^ Fordata at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Mills, Roger F. (1991). "Tanimbar-Kei: An Eastern Indonesian Subgroup". In Robert Blust (ed.). Currents in Pacific Linguistics: Papers on Austronesian Languages and Ethnolinguistics in Honour of George W. Grace. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 241–263.
  3. ^ Marshall, Craig (2000). "A Phonological Description of Fordata". In Grimes, C. E. (ed.). Spices from the East: Papers in Languages of Eastern Indonesia. PL-503. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 181–235. doi:10.15144/PL-503.181.