Vernacular of Savu

  • Alternate names: Hawoe/Hawu, Hawoenese/Hawunese), Savu/Savoe, Savunese/Savoenese, Havu/Havoe, Havunese/ Havoenese, Sawu /Sawoe, Sawunese/Sawoenese, Sabu, Sabunese.
  • Dialects: Heb'a (Seba), Dimu (Timu), Lii Ae/Liae, Mehara (Mesara), Rai Djua (Rai Jua).
  • Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Bima-Sumba.
  • Population: 110,000 (1997), including 15-25,000 outside of Savu (1981 Wurm and Hattori).
  • Distribution: Islands of Savu and Rai Djoea, Sumba (especially in Waingapoe and Melolo), Ende area of Flores and the Kupang area of West Timor.
  • Grammar: Closely related to Ndao and the languages of Sumba.
  • Typology: Complex phonetics with implosives, glottal, long and short vowels, diphthongs, long and short consonants.

Savunese names and words that contain the letter "S" are substituted with the letter "H" in Savunese. e.g. "Sawoe" is spelt and pronounced "Hawoe". The letter "J" is subtituted with "Dj", e.g. "Djua" for "Jua", "C" is subtituted with "Tj",e.g. "Welmintje" spelt also as "Welmince" (a name), "Tie" is subtituted with "Si", e.g. "Fundatie" is also spelt "Fundasi" (foundation) and "Oe" is subtituted with "U", e.g. "Djoea" is also spelt "Djua".

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