Native toIndonesia
RegionSeram Island
Ethnicity1,200 (1990)[1]
Extinct(date missing)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tve

Teun (also rendered Te'un[3]) is an Austronesian language originally spoken on Teun Island (Mesa, Yafila and Wotludan villages) and Nila Island (Bumei village) in Maluku, Indonesia. Speakers were relocated to Seram due to volcanic activity on Teun.[4][5]


  1. ^ Teun language at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Teun at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013) Closed access icon
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
  4. ^ Aone van Engelenhoven (2003). "Language endangerment in Indonesia: The incipient obsolescence and acute death of Teun, Nila and Serua (Central and Southwest Maluku)". In Mark Janse; Sjimen Tol (eds.). Language Death and Language Maintenance: Theoretical, Practical and Descriptive Approaches. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 49–80.
  5. ^ Taber, Mark (1993). "Toward a Better Understanding of the Indigenous Languages of Southwestern Maluku." Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Winter, 1993), pp. 389–441. University of Hawai'i.