Oirata language

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Native toIndonesia
RegionMaluku Islands (Kisar, Ambon)
Native speakers
(1,200 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3oia

Oirata or Woirata (also known as Maaro) is a Timor–Alor–Pantar language spoken on the island of Kisar in Indonesia, and by some people in Ambon. Ethnologue reports an SIL figure of 1,200 speakers from 1987.[1] It is closely related to Fataluku, of which it is sometimes considered to be a dialect.



Oirata has 5 vowels:[3]

Front Back
Close i u
Close-mid e o
Open a


Oirata has 13 consonants:[3]

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Palatal Glottal
Stop voiceless p t ʔ
voiced d
Fricative voiceless f h
voiced v
Nasal m n
Approximant w l j
Trill r


  1. ^ a b Oirata at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Oirata". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Mandala, Halus; Meko Mbete, Aaron; Dhanawaty, Ni Made; Fernandez, Inyo Yos. "Phonological evolution of Oirata and its Genetic Relationship with Other Non-Austronesian languages in Timor-Leste".

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