Location and Population
Busoa is spoken by an estimated 2,300 people in two coastal villages, Busoa and Laompo, in the southwestern corner of Buton Island some twenty kilometers south of the city of Baubau (Andersen 2006:6). For the location of these villages, see the sketch map in Van den Berg (1991:51).
Based on short word lists collected in the 1980s, Busoa was classified as a Munan language (Van den Berg 1991; Donohue 2004:33).
Andersen, T. David. 2006. Suku bahasa di Sulawesi Tenggara. Unpublished typescript, 11 pp.
Berg, René van den. 1991. Muna dialects and Munic languages: Towards a reconstruction. VICAL 2: Western Austronesian and contact languages: papers from the Fifth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, edited by Ray Harlow, 21–51. Auckland: Linguistic Society of New Zealand.
Donohue, Mark. 2004. The pretenders to the Muna-Buton group. Papers in Austronesian subgrouping and dialectology (Pacific Linguistics, 563), edited by John Bowden and Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, 21–35. Canberra: Australian National University.