Oirata
Native toIndonesia
RegionMaluku Islands (Kisar, Ambon)
Native speakers
(1,200 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3oia
Glottologoira1263
ELPOirata

Oirata or Woirata (also known as Maaro) is a Timor–Alor–Pantar language spoken on the island of Kisar in Indonesia, and by some people in Ambon. Ethnologue reports an SIL figure of 1,200 speakers from 1987.[1] It is closely related to Fataluku, of which it is sometimes considered to be a dialect.

Phonology

Vowels

Oirata has five vowels:[2]

Oirata vowels
Front Back
Close i u
Close-mid e o
Open a

Consonants

Oirata has 13 consonants:[2]

Oirata consonants
Labial Alveolar Palatal Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t ʔ
voiced d
Fricative voiceless f h
voiced v
Nasal m n
Approximant w l j
Trill r

References

  1. ^ a b Oirata at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Mandala, Halus; Meko Mbete, Aaron; Dhanawaty, Ni Made; Fernandez, Inyo Yos (2011). "Phonological Evolution of Oirata and its Genetic Relationship with Other Non-Austronesian Languages in Timor-Leste". e-Journal of Linguistics. 5 (2).