Timoric languages

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Timoric
Timor–Babar
Geographic
distribution:
Indonesia
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Subdivisions:
  • (disputed)
Glottolog: None
timo1260  (Ramelaic)[1]
timo1259  (Fabronic/Extra-Ramelaic)[2]

The Timoric, or sometimes Timor–Babar, languages are a group of fifty Austronesian languages (geographically Central–Eastern Malayo-Polynesian languages) spoken on the islands of Timor, neighboring Wetar, and (depending on the classification) the Babar Islands to the east.

The numerically most important languages are Uab Meto of West Timor and Tetum of East Timor, each with about half a million speakers, though in addition Tetum is an official language and a lingua franca among non-Tetum East Timorese.

Languages[edit]

Unclassified Nauete is not close to other Timorese languages. Habu is structurally similar to Waimaha.

The Babar languages form their own group:

Hull (1998)[edit]

Geoffrey Hull (1998) proposes a Timoric group as follows:

Van Engelenhoven[edit]

Van Engelenhoven sets up a South–East Timor branch including Tetun, Waimaha, and Luangic–Kisaric; the latter is as follows:[3]

Taber (1993)[edit]

Languages of Timor Island

Taber (1993:396) gives a Southwest Maluku and Babar group as follows, along with West Damar as an isolate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ramelaic". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Fabronic/Extra-Ramelaic". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Adelaar 2005:26

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