Native toIndonesia, Maluku
RegionTaliabu Island
Native speakers
4,900 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
tlv – Taliabo
kzd – Kadai

Taliabo (Taliabu) is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken on the island of the same name in the Moluccas of Indonesia.

Dialects are:

There are two linguistic strata in Taliabo, Central Maluku and Celebic, and it is not yet clear which group it belongs to.



Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative f s ʃ h
Trill r
Lateral l
Approximant w j

All stop sounds (except for /ʔ/) and fricatives /s, ʃ/, may also be prenasalized in both word-initial and word-medial positions as /ᵐb, ⁿd, ᶮdʒ, ᵑɡ/.[3][4]


Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a


  1. ^ Taliabo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Kadai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Charles Grimes & Owen Edwards (in process) Wallacean subgroups: unravelling the prehistory and classification of the Austronesian languages of eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Summary presentation at the 15th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics.
  3. ^ Ridwan, Farida M.; Mulae, Sunaidin O.; Asriyani, Sherly (2020). Phonological Variation of Taliabu Language Dialects. Retorika Jurnal Bahasa Sastra dan Pengajarannya.
  4. ^ Blust, Robert (1981). The Soboyo Reflexes of Proto-Austronesian *S. Historical Linguistics in Indonesia, Part 1. pp. 21–30.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link) CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

Further reading

  • Fortgens, J. (1921). Bijdrage tot de kennis van het Sobojo (eiland Taliabo, Soela-groep) [Contribution to knowledge of Sobojo, on Taliabo, Sula islands] (in Dutch). Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff.