Native toIndonesia
EthnicityWemale people
Native speakers
6000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3weo

Wemale is an Austronesian language spoken on western Seram Island in Indonesia. It is classified by Collins (1983) as a member of the Central Maluku subgroup.[2]

The language is divided into northern and southern dialects, having variants known as Horale, Kasieh, Uwenpantai, Honitetu and Kawe.[3][4] Northern Wemale is spoken by about 5,000 people, whereas Southern Wemale is spoken by about 3,700 people.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Wemale at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Collins, James T. (1983). The Historical Relationships of the Languages of Central Maluku, Indonesia. Pacific Linguistics D-47. Canberra: Australian National University. doi:10.15144/PL-D47.
  3. ^ "Wemale". Ethnologue.com. 1999-02-19. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  4. ^ "Wemale, South". Ethnologue.com. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  5. ^ List of languages in Indonesia