Wersing language

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Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
3,700 (2014)[1]
  • Kolana
  • Maneta
  • Langkuru (Pureman, Mademang)
Language codes
ISO 639-3kvw
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. ^ "The Alor-Pantar languages:".
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wersing". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.