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Documentation of Maku’a


Language Maku’a
Depositor Aone van Engelenhoven
Affiliation Leiden University, Leiden University Centre of Linguistics & Leiden institute of Asian Studies
Location East Timor
Collection ID 0202
Grant ID PPG0002
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Forthcoming
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the collection

This collection was started with the intention of:

  • Collect and edit all existing material on Maku’a in Portugal and in East Timor;
  • Assess the quantity and quality of remaining speakers in and around Tutuala (East Timor);
  • Assess the feasibility of Maku’a in a larger endangered languages documentation project under preparation in East Timor, the Tasi-Feto Project.


Group represented

The Makuva (Makuwa, Maku’a, Lovaia, Lovaea) are an ethnic group from East Timor who speak 56 different languages. They used to live in the village of Lovaia and then moved to the bigger settlement of Mehara, to the west of Tutuala (Lautém District).


Language information

Makuva is a language of East Timor with very few speakers. It is spoken in the Lautem district, around the village of Tutuala. All speakers are bilingual in Fataluku, which is the language they use for daily conversation.


Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

van Engelenhoven, Aone. Forthcoming. Documentation of Maku’a. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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