Wersing language

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Native to Indonesia
Region Alor
Native speakers
3,700 (1997)[1]
  • Kolana
  • Maneta
  • Langkuru (Pureman, Mademang)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kvw
Glottolog wers1238[2]
Alor-pantar map color.png
Languages of the Alor Islands. Wersing is shown at four locations around the east coast.

The Wersing language, also known as Kolana after its primary dialect, is spoken in scattered settlements around the coast of Alor in Indonesia. Though not closely related, it has cultural connections with Tukudede on the neighboring island of Timor.


Wersing consonant phonemes
Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ɲ <ny>
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative s
Approximant w j <y>
Lateral l
Trill r
Wersing vowel phonemes
Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid ɛ <e> ɔ <o>
Open a


  1. ^ Wersing at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wersing". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.