Languages

Buru

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Introduction

Buru is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Maluku Province, all of Buru island, except northeast corner, 70 villages. Some on Ambon island, in Jakarta. Also in Netherlands. .

Dialects

Central Buru (Rana, Wae Geren, Wae Kabo), Fogi (Li Emteban, Tomahu), Masarete (South Buru), Wae Sama (Waesama). Li Garan is a special taboo dialect spoken by the Rana people (3,000 to 5,000 users). Ethnic population Fogi dialect: 500, but no remaining speakers. Lexical similarity: 90% between Masarete and Wae Sama dialects, 88% between Masarete and Rana, 80% between Wae Sama and Rana, 68% between Lisela (See: Lisela?) and Masarete, 48% between Leliali dialect of Kayeli (See: Kayeli?) and Masarete, 45% between Kayeli (See: Kayeli?) and Masarete, 44% between Ambelau (See: Ambelau?) and Masarete, 27%–33% between Buru dialects and Sula (See: Sula?).

The Buru Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitehada
to blowopi
to breathehesa ahen, mahek
to burnpefa
to buysafe
to chewtal|mamak
to choosepili
to climbkeha
to comekadak, suba
to cookeʔmasa
to counthack
to crytaŋi
to cut, hacklata, tete
to die, be deadmata
to digkali
to dreamm|nipi
to drinkinu
to eatka
to fallmoho
to fearbate, em tako, posboti
to flow-mano
to flylabak, loi, sobak
to growsuri
to hearp|reŋe, čan
to hidepifroni
to hitluba, paha
to holdgau, pese
to huntirohi, pahagaʔ
to killeʔmata
to know, be knowledgeabletewa
to laughmali
to lie downbage boana
to live, be alivemewe
to open, uncoverfuka
to plantseka
to pound, beattoto
to sayeprepa
to scratchfgogi
to seeaŋak, bafak, kita, touk
to sewsau
to shootpana
to sitptea
to sleepbage
to sniff, smellm|aek, mumuk
to spitethufa, stuha
to splitfaka, fola
to squeezeskapi
to stab, pierceseka
to standkerek
to stealʔmaka
to suckdoso, hisak, mupu, mupuk, napu, opi, soso
to swelldobo
to swimhiwi, naŋo, uka
to thinkeʔhanuk, odo
to throwfage
to tie up, fastenhapu
to turnpulik
to walkiko
to vomitmuta
to workpuma
to yawnmawa

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