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 is not close to Seluwasan, its nearest relative.


  1. ^ Selaru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)

Further reading[edit]

  • Drabbe, P. (1932). Beknopte Spraakkunst en Korte Woordenlijst der Slaroeëesche Taal [Concise Gramnmar 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.