Kafoa
Jafoo
Native toIndonesia
RegionAlor Island, East Nusa Tenggara
Native speakers
1,000 (2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kpu
Glottologkafo1240

Kafoa, or Jafoo, is a Papuan language of Alor Island in the Alor archipelago of Indonesia. The name "Kafoa" is not recognized by speakers; it is not clear which name they use themselves.[citation needed] Kafoa speakers are frequently multilingual, also speaking Malay, Klon and Abui. Children are typically initially taught Malay by their parents and later acquire Kafoa after having reached school age.[2]

Phonology

The data in this section are taken from Baird (2017).[2]

Consonants

Consonant phonemes
Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ ⟨ng⟩
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative f s h
Semivowel w j ⟨y⟩
Liquid lateral l
rhotic r

Vowels

Vowel phonemes
  Front Central Back
High i     u
      ʊ ʊː  
          o
Mid            
ɛ ɛː       ɔː
Low     a    

References

  1. ^ "UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in danger". www.unesco.org. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  2. ^ a b Baird, Louise (2017). "Kafoa". In Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Volume 2. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 55–108.