Central Maluku languages

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Central Maluku
Geographic
distribution
Maluku Islands (Indonesia)
Linguistic classificationAustronesian
Subdivisions
  • Teor-Kur
  • West
  • East
Glottologcent2254[1]

The Central Maluku languages are a putative group of fifty Austronesian languages (geographically Central–Eastern Malayo-Polynesian languages) spoken principally on the Seram, Buru, Ambon, Kei, and the Sula Islands. None of the languages have as many as fifty thousand speakers, and several are extinct.

Classification[edit]

The traditional components of Central Maluku are the Sula, Buru, and East Central Maluku languages, plus the Ambelau isolate.

Collins (1983)[edit]

The following classification of the Central Maluku languages below is from Collins (1983:20, 22) and (1986).[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Central Maluku". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Collins, James T. (1983). The Historical Relationships of the Languages of Central Maluku, Indonesia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  3. ^ Collins, J.T. (1986). "Eastern Seram: a subgrouping argument". In Geraghty, P., Carrington, L. and Wurm, S.A. eds, FOCAL II: Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics. C-94:123-146. Pacific Linguistics, The Australian National University.