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Selaru language

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Native toIndonesia
RegionTanimbar Islands
Native speakers
8,000 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3slu

Selaru is an Austronesian language of Selaru and Yamdena, in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. Linguistically it is not close to Seluwasan, its nearest relative.




Labial Alveolar Dorsal Glottal
Plosive voiceless t k ʔ
voiced b d (ɡ)
Fricative f s h
Nasal m n
Trill r
Lateral l
Approximant w j
  • /h/ can be heard as [x] before velar stops.
  • /k/ can be heard as [ɡ] within voiced environments.
  • Consonants preceding glide sounds are heard as either palatalized or labialized [ʲ, ʷ].[2]


Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a


  1. ^ Selaru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Coward, David F. (2005). An Introduction to the Grammar of Selaru (PDF). SIL International.

Further reading

  • Drabbe, P. (1932). Beknopte Spraakkunst en Korte Woordenlijst der Slaroeëesche Taal [Concise Grammar and Short Glossary of the Slaru language] (in Dutch). Bandung: A. C. Nix.
  • Coward, D.; Coward, N. (2000). "A phonological sketch of the Selaru language". In Grimes, C. E. (ed.). Spices from the East: Papers in Languages of Eastern Indonesia. Pacific Linguistics No. 503. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 9–54. doi:10.15144/PL-503.9. hdl:1885/146101.
  • Coward, D. F. (2005). An Introduction to the Grammar of Selaru (PDF) (version 2 ed.). SIL International.