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Sumba languages

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Geographic distribution  Indonesia
Glottolog  sumb1242
Subdivisions  Savu Sumba Island
Linguistic classification  Austronesian Malayo-Polynesian (MP) Nuclear MP Central–Eastern MP Sumba–Flores Sumba

The Sumba languages are a group of clearly related Central Malayo-Polynesian languages.

The most widely spoken Sumba language is Kambera, with a quarter million speakers on the eastern half of Sumba Island.

The Hawu language of Savu Island is suspected of having a non-Austronesian substratum, but perhaps not to a greater extent that other languages of central and eastern Flores, such as Sika, or indeed of Central Malayo-Polynesian in general.

Classification

The Sumba languages are all closely related. Blust (2009) found full support for linking Sumba with Hawu, the most divergent language.

  • Savu languages (See)
  • Hawu
  • Dhao
  • Sumba Island
  • Sumbanese: Kambera (dialect cluster), Mamboru
  • Wanukaka–Ponduk
  • Anakalangu, Wanukaka
  • Ponduk, Baliledu
  • Wewewa–Lamboya
  • Wewewa
  • Lamboya
  • Kodi
  • Kodi, Gaura
  • References

    Sumba languages Wikipedia


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