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Cia-Cia (Bahasa Ciacia / 바하사 찌아찌아)

Cia-Cia is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 80,000 people on Buton Island, a part of Indonesia to the south east of Sualwesi. Most Cia-Cia speakers live in and around the town of Bau-Bau, on the soutern tip of Buton, and there are also speakers on Binongko and Batu Atas Islands.

Cia-Cia, which is also known as Buton(ese) or Butung, has quite a few different dialects, including Kaesabu, Sampolawa, Wabula and Masiri. It is closely related to Wolio, which many Cia-Cia speakers also speak.

Cia-Cia was originally written with the Gundul script, a version of the Arabic script, and is now written with the Latin alphabet.

Since 2009 some students in Bau-Bau have been taught to write Cia-Cia with a version of the Korean Hangeul alphabet using a textbook written by Lee Ho-young, a linguistics professor at Seoul National University. The idea of using Hangeul to write Cia-Cia was first proposed in 2007 by Professor Chun Tai-hyun, a professor of Malay and Indonesian linguistics at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. Contrary to media reports, Hangeul has not been adopted as the official alphabet for Cia-Cia, and the project was abandoned in 2012.

Cia-Cia alphabets and pronuciation

Cia-Cia alphabets and pronuciation

Notes

Sample text in Cia-Cia

Latin alphabet

adi sering pali nononto televisi. amano nopo'ombae ia nanumonto televisi kolie nomolengo.

Hangeul alphabet

아디 세링 빨리 노논또 뗄레ᄫᅵ시. 아마노 노뽀옴바에 이아 나누몬또 뗄레ᄫᅵ시 꼴리에 노몰렝오.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cia-Cia_language

Links

Information about the Cia-Cia language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cia-Cia_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=cia

News reports about the adoption of Hangeul for Cia-Cia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czdwvRRjySI
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/10/113_74114.html

Languages written with the Hangeul alphabet

Cia-Cia, Korean

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet