Wawonii language

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Wawonii
Wowoni
Native to Indonesia
Region Wawonii Island, Sulawesi
Native speakers
30,000 (2004) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wow
Glottolog wawo1239 [2]

Wawonii (Wowoni) is an Austronesian language (one of the Celebic languages) of the Wawonii (Konawe Kepulauan Regency, Southeast Sulawesi) and Menui (in Morowali Regency, Central Sulawesi) islands of Indonesia. The language is quite close to the Bungku language. [1]

The Celebic languages are a subgroup of the Austronesian languages spoken on the island of Sulawesi, formerly spelled Celebes. Almost all of the languages spoken in the provinces of Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi belong to the Celebic group. A few Celebic languages are located in South Sulawesi province. By number of languages, Celebic is the largest subgroup of Austronesian languages on Sulawesi.

Wawonii Island

Wawonii is an island in the Banda Sea, Indonesia, off the south east coast of Sulawesi. Its area is 715 km². From 2013, it forms a regency of its own within Southeast Sulawesi Province, having previously been a part of Konawe Regency; the new Regency, which comprises the seven districts on Wawonii Island, is named Konawe Islands Regency. The administrative capital of the new Regency is Langara.

Southeast Sulawesi Province in Indonesia

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References

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

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