Wolio language

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Wolio
Region Sulawesi
Native speakers
65,000  (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wlo
Glottolog woli1241[2]
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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[edit]

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

Consonants
Labial Apical Laminal Velar Glottal
p t k ʔ
ɓ ɗ ɡ
mp nt ɲtʃ ŋk
mb nd ɲdʒ ŋɡ
m n ɲ ŋ
β s h
l, r

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolio at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wolio". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.