Selaru
Native toIndonesia
RegionTanimbar Islands
Native speakers
8,000 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3slu
Glottologsela1259

Selaru is an Austronesian language of Selaru and Yamdena, in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. Linguistically is not close to Seluwasan, its nearest relative.

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Alveolar Dorsal Glottal
Plosive voiceless t k ʔ
voiced b d (ɡ)
Fricative f s h
Nasal m n
Trill r
Lateral l
Approximant w j

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a

References

  1. ^ Selaru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Coward, David F. (2005). An Introduction to the Grammar of Selaru (PDF). SIL International.

Further reading

  • Drabbe, P. (1932). Beknopte Spraakkunst en Korte Woordenlijst der Slaroeëesche Taal [Concise Grammar and Short Glossary of the Slaru language] (in Dutch). Bandung: A. C. Nix.
  • Coward, D.; Coward, N. (2000). "A phonological sketch of the Selaru language". In Grimes, C. E. (ed.). Spices from the East: Papers in Languages of Eastern Indonesia. Pacific Linguistics No. 503. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 9–54. doi:10.15144/PL-503.9. hdl:1885/146101.
  • Coward, D. F. (2005). An Introduction to the Grammar of Selaru (PDF) (version 2 ed.). SIL International.