Waimoa language

Waimoa language

Infobox Language
name=Waimoa
region=Northeast East Timor
speakers=3,000
familycolor=Austronesian
fam2=Malayo-Polynesian
fam3=Central-Eastern
fam4=Central
fam5=Timor
fam6=Nuclear
fam7=Waima'a
iso2=map
iso3=wmh

Waimoa or Waima'a is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 3,000 people in northeast East Timor. It is reported to be mutually intelligible with Kairui-Midiki. Waimoa is one of four languages, which are united called Kawaimina.

Phonology

Waimoa is one of only two Austronesian languages known to have a set of ejective stops, the other being Yapese:

References

*cite journal |last=Hajek |first=John |coauthors=Bowden, John |month=June |year=2002 |title=A Phonological Oddity in the Austronesian Area: Ejectives in Waimoa |journal=Oceanic Linguistics |volume=41 |issue=1 |pages=222–224 |doi=10.1353/ol.2002.0021


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