RegionEast Timor
Native speakers
40,000 (2010 census)[1]
  • Keha (Keia)
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 district of Liquiçá, especially the subdistricts of Maubara and Liquiçá along the northern bench of Lois 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.


Numbers in Tokodede
Number Tokodede
1 iso
2 ru
3 telu
4 paat
5 liim
6 hohoniso
7 hohorú
8 hohotelu
9 hohopaat
10 sagulu


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