Tolaki language

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Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
330,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lbw

Tolaki (To'olaki) is the major language of Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is an Austronesian language of the Celebic branch.


Labial Alveolar Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ
prenasal ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
Fricative β s h
Lateral l
Trill r

/b/ and /d/ are optionally realized as implosives [ɓ] and [ɗ]. /β/ can also be heard as a glide [w].[2]

Front Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a


  1. ^ Tolaki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Zalili Sailan and La Ode Sidu Marafad and Gusarmin Sofyan and Sahlan, and Hamuni. 1995. Tata Bahasa Tolaki. Jakarta: Pusat Pembinaan dan Pengembangan Bahasa, Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan.
  3. ^ Mead, David. 1998. Proto–Bungku-Tolaki: Reconstruction of its phonology and aspects of its morphosyntax . PhD dissertation. Houston: Rice University, p. 19. hdl:1911/19290