Padoe language

Native to Indonesia
Region Sulawesi
Native speakers
(5,000 cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pdo
Glottolog pado1242[2]

Padoe is an Austronesian language of the Celebic branch. It was traditionally spoken in the rolling plains south of Lake Matano in South Sulawesi province. In the 1950s a portion of the Padoe-speaking population fled to Central Sulawesi to escape the ravages of the Darul Islam / Tentara Islam Indonesia (DI/TII) revolt.[3] In 1991 it was estimated there were 5,000 speakers of Padoe in all locations.[4]


Padoe is classified as a member of the Bungku-Tolaki group of languages, and shares its closest affinities with the Mori Atas language.[5] The Padoe language has sometimes been included with Mori Atas and Mori Bawah under the broader cover term 'Mori.'


  1. Padoe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Padoe". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Kirk, Margaret. That Greater Freedom (Singapore: OMF, 1986).
  4. Vuorinen, Paula. Tinjauan sosiolinguistik masyarakat Padoe (Unpublished typescript, 13 pp., 1991).
  5. Mead, David. 1998. Proto-Bungku-Tolaki: Reconstruction of its phonology and aspects of its morphosyntax. (PhD dissertation, Rice University, 1998) p. 117
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