|180 "Adabe" + unknown number "Atauru" (2010 census)|
Distribution of Adabe speakers in East Timor according to the 2010 census
Distribution of Atauru
Adabe is a Papuan language spoken by a couple hundred people in the interior of East Timor.
Confusion with Wetarese
The language, or perhaps a dialect of it, is known as Atauru. This has caused confusion with a dialect of the Wetarese language spoken on the island of Atauro north of Dili, which is Austronesian, not Papuan. Geoffrey Hull, director of research for the Instituto Nacional de Linguística in East Timor, mentions only Wetarese being spoken on Ataúro Island, and describes the three dialects of Adabe listed in Ethnologue as being dialects of Wetarese.
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "spurious". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Direcção Nacional de Estatística: Ergebnisse der Volkszählung von 2010 der einzelnen Sucos (Tetum)
- Ethnologue (2013), for example, shows Adabe being spoken on central Atauro Island, but not on mainland East Timor.
- Geoffrey Hull: The Languages of East Timor. Some Basic Facts, Instituto Nacional de Linguística, Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosa'e (PDF-Datei; 203 kB)
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