West Makian language

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West Makian
Native toIndonesia
RegionNorth Maluku, island of Makian and some areas of Halmahera.
Native speakers
(12,000 cited 1977)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mqs

West Makian (also known as Moi) is the most divergent of the West Papuan languages of Halmahera. It is spoken on the coast near Makian Island, and on the western half of that island.

West Makian has been strongly influenced by a neighboring Austronesian language or languages, to the extent that it was once classified as Austronesian, as the East Makian language (Taba) still is. A brief description of the language can be found in Voorhoeve (1982).[3]


  1. ^ West Makian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "West Makian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Voorhoeve, C.L. 1982. The West Makian language, North Moluccas, Indonesia: A fieldwork report. The Makian Languages and their Neighbors, ed. by C.L. Voorhoeve, 1-74. (Pacific Linguistics D-46). Canberra: Australian National University.