Makasae language

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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.
Coordinates 8°39′S 126°30′E / 8.650°S 126.500°E / -8.650; 126.500
Native speakers
100,000 (2010 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mkz
Glottolog maka1316[2]
Distribution of Makasae mother-tongue speakers in East Timor
Distribution of Makalero
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Distribution of Sa'ane

Makasae (also known as Makassai, Macassai, Ma'asae, Makasai) is a Papuan language spoken by about 70,000 people on the eastern part of East Timor, in the districts of Baucau and Viqueque, just to the west of Fataluku. It is the most populous Papuan language in Timor and neighboring islands.


  • Juliette Huber: A grammar of Makalero - A Papuan language of East Timor, LOT Utrecht 2011


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