Native toIndonesia
RegionAlor Island
Native speakers
3,000 (2014)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3swt

Sawila, or Tanglapui, is a Papuan language of the Alor archipelago. Dialects are Sawila proper, Lona, Salimana, Lalamana, Sileba. Sawila speakers refer to their language as Manata.[2]


Sawila consonant phonemes
Labial Alveodental Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ ⟨ng⟩
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ ⟨'⟩
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative s
Approximant w j ⟨y⟩
Lateral l
Trill r
Sawila vowel phonemes
Front Central Back
unrounded rounded
short long short long short long short long
Close i ⟨ii⟩ y ⟨uy⟩ ⟨uyi⟩ u ⟨uu⟩
Mid e ⟨ee⟩ o ⟨oo⟩
Open a ⟨aa⟩


  1. ^ "The Alor-Pantar languages".
  2. ^ Kratochvíl, František (2014). "Sawila". In Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Volume 1. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 351–438.