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Wolio language

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Region  Sulawesi
Writing system  Arabic
Glottolog  woli1241
Native speakers  65,000 (2004)
ISO 639-3  wlo
Language family  Austronesian Malayo-Polynesian Nuclear MP Celebic Wotu–Wolio Wolio–Kamaru Wolio

Wolio is an Austronesian language spoken in Bau-Bau on Buton Island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Also known as Buton, it is a trade language and the former court language of the Sultan at Baubau. Today it is an official regional language; street signs are written in Wolio using the Arabic script.

Phonology

Stress is on the penultimate syllable. The five vowels are /i e a o u/.

/b, d, f/ are found in loans, mostly from Arabic. /β/ is transcribed w, /tʃ/ c. /r/ is a trill.

References

Wolio language Wikipedia


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