Kaera language

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Native toIndonesia
RegionPantar Island
Native speakers
5,500 (2014)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3jka

Kaera is a Papuan language spoken on the northeastern coast of Pantar island in the Alor archipelago of Indonesia. It belongs to the Timor-Alor-Pantar language family. Kaera is used alongside Indonesian in religious contexts, but Kaera is not used in education.


All the information in this section is from Klamer's sketch grammar.[3]


Consonant phonemes
  Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d     k g    
Fricative     s       x   (h)  
Nasal   m   n       ŋ    
Trill       r            
Lateral approximant       l            
Approximant   w       j        


Monophthong phonemes
  Front Central Back
Close i   u
Mid ɛɛː   ɔɔː
Open   a  


  1. ^ "The Alor-Pantar languages:".
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kaera". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Klamer, Marian (2014). "Kaera". In Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Volume 1: Sketch Grammars. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 97–146.

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