Central Maluku languages

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Central Maluku
Geographic
distribution:
Maluku Islands (Indonesia)
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Subdivisions:
  • Teor-Kur
  • West
  • East
Glottolog: cent2254[1]

The Central Maluku languages are a putative group of fifty Austronesian languages (geographically Central–Eastern Malayo-Polynesian languages) spoken principally on the Seram, Buru, Ambon, Kei, and the Sula Islands. None of the languages have as many as fifty thousand speakers, and several are extinct.

Classification[edit]

The traditional components of Central Maluku are the Sula, Buru, and East Central Maluku languages, plus the Ambelau isolate.

Collins (1983)[edit]

The following classification of the Central Maluku languages below is from Collins (1983:20, 22) and (1986).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Central Maluku". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Collins, James T. 1983. The historical relationships of the languages of Central Maluku, Indonesia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.