|Native to||East Timor|
|Region||Timor Island, eastern end around Baucau and inland, west of Fataluku, from northern to southern coast in a dialect chain.|
|102,000 (2010 census)|
Distribution of Makasae mother-tongue speakers in East Timor
Makasae (also known as Makassai, Macassai, Ma'asae, Makasai) is a Papuan language spoken by about 100,000 people in the eastern part of East Timor, in the districts of Baucau and Viqueque, just to the west of Fataluku. It is the most widely spoken Papuan language west of New Guinea.
The data in this section are from Huber (2017).
Native consonant phonemes are shown in the chart below for the Ossu dialect. Borrowed consonants are enclosed in parenthesis.
Makasae has five vowel phonemes.
|Close||i (i:)||u (u:)|
|Mid||e (e:)||o (o:)|
- Makasae at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Makasae-Makalero". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Huber, Juliette (2017). "Makalero and Makasae". In Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Volume 2. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 267–351.
- Makasai at The Language Archive
- Huber, Juliette (2008). First steps towards a grammar of Makasae: a language of East Timor. LINCOM
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