Dela-Oenale language

Western Rote
Native to Indonesia
Region Rote Island
Native speakers
7,000 (2002)[1]
  • Dela (Delha)
  • Oenale (Oe Nale)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 row
Glottolog dela1251[2]

Dela–Oenale (Western Rote, Delha, Oe Nale, Rote, Rote Barat, Roti) is an Austronesian language of Indonesia. Western Rote is a member of the Timor-Babar branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken in west coast of Rote Island near Timor by about 7,000 people.


Western Rote language has all 26 English letters (Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz), glottal stop, 5 diphthongs (gh, kh, mb, nd, ng, sy) and triphthong (ngg).

gh (replaced by g), kh (k), q (k), sy, v (f), x, and z (s) are only used in loanwaords and foreign names.


  1. Dela-Oenale at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Dela-Oenale". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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