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RegionEast Timor
Native speakers
17,000 (2010 census)[1]
  • Idaté
  • Isní
  • Lakalei
  • Lolein
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
idt – Idaté
lka – Lakalei
Distribution of Idaté mother-tongue speakers in East Timor
Distribution of Lakalai

Distribution of Isní

Distribution of Lolein

Distribution of Idalaka

Idalaka is a dialect chain spoken in East Timor. The dialects are spoken in the Ramelau mountains with the exception of endangered Lolein, which is spoken in Dili. Idalaka resembles the Kemak language in that there are archaic features such as personal prefixes in verbs. Idalaka is one of 15 recognized national languages of East Timor. The name is a portmanteau of Idaté and Lakalai.


  1. ^ Idaté at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Lakalei at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)


  • Alcantara, Maressa Xavier (2014). Descrição fonética e fonológica da língua idaté do Timor Leste [Phonetic description and phonology of the idaté language of East Timor] (Master's thesis) (in Portuguese). University of São Paulo. doi:10.11606/d.8.2014.tde-11052015-171431.