Kambera is a member of the Sumba-Flores branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language. It is spoken by about 240,000 people mainly in the east of Sumba Island in the Lesser Sunda Islands in East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia.
Kambera is also known as East Sumba, East Sumbanese, Humba or Sumbanese. The native name for the language is hilu Humba, and speakers call themselves Tau Humba. It is used as a lingua franca in central and eastern Sumba. Dialects include Kambera, Melolo, Uma Ratu Nggai, Lewa, Kanatang, Mangili-Waijelo and Southern Sumba. The Kambera dialect is the most widely known.
Kambera was first documented by Dutch government officials and missionaries in the mid-19th century. Since then several grammars, dictionaries and other books in and about the language have been published.
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