RegionEast Timor
Native speakers
72,000 (2010 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kem
Distribution of Kemak mother-tongue speakers in East Timor

Kemak is a language spoken in East Timor and in the border region of Indonesian West Timor. An alternate name is Ema. It is most closely related to Tocodede and Mambai. It has the status of one of the national languages in the East Timor constitution, besides the official languages of Portuguese and Tetum. The number of speakers has fallen in recent years.


  1. ^ Kemak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)