RegionEast Timor
Native speakers
40,000 (2010 census)[1]
  • Keha (Keia)
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3tkd
Distribution of Tokodede mother-tongue speakers in East Timor

Tokodede (also known as Tukude, Tocodede, Tokodé, and Tocod) is one of the languages of East Timor, spoken by about 39,000 people in the municipality of Liquiçá, especially the administrative posts of Maubara and Liquiçá along the northern reaches of the Loes River system. The number of speakers has declined in recent years. It is a Malayo-Polynesian language in the Timor group.

The first significant text published in Tokodede was Peneer meselo laa Literatura kidia-laa Timór, translated by João Paulo T. Esperança, Fernanda Correia, and Cesaltina Campos from an article by João Paulo T. Esperança entitled "A Brief Look at the Literature of Timor". The Tokodede version was published in the literary supplement Várzea de Letras, published by the Department of Portuguese Language of the National University of Timor-Leste, in Dili, in December 2005.


  1. ^ Tokodede at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)