Padoe language

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Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
(5,000 cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3pdo

Padoe is an Austronesian language of the Celebic branch. It was traditionally spoken in the rolling plains south of Lake Matano in South Sulawesi province. In the 1950s, a portion of the Padoe-speaking population fled to Central Sulawesi to escape the ravages of the Darul Islam / Tentara Islam Indonesia (DI/TII) revolt.[2] In 1991, it was estimated there were 5,000 speakers of Padoe in all locations.[3]


Padoe is classified as a member of the Bungku-Tolaki group of languages, and shares its closest affinities with the Mori Atas language.[4][5] The Padoe language has sometimes been included with Mori Atas and Mori Bawah under the broader cover term 'Mori.'


  1. ^ Padoe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Kirk, Margaret. That Greater Freedom (Singapore: OMF, 1986).
  3. ^ Vuorinen, Paula. Tinjauan sosiolinguistik masyarakat Padoe (Unpublished typescript, 13 pp., 1991).
  4. ^ Mead, David. 1998. Proto-Bungku-Tolaki: Reconstruction of its phonology and aspects of its morphosyntax. (PhD dissertation, Rice University, 1998) p. 117
  5. ^ Mead, David. 1999. The Bungku–Tolaki languages of south-eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Series D-91. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Further reading[edit]

  • Karhunen, Marjo (1991). "Phonology of Padoe" (PDF). In Rene van den Berg (ed.). Workpapers in Indonesian Languages and Cultures (PDF). Vol. 12, Sulawesi phonologies. Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi: Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 179–96. ISBN 979-8132-85-8.