Kulisusu is spoken in the northeastern corner of Buton Island in Southeast Sulawesi. The Kulisusu language area is without significant dialectal variation.
In 1988 the number of Kulisusu speakers was estimated at 20,000 living in the homeland area with an additional 2,000 speakers located in outlying coastal communties (Mead 1999:43-44).
Mead, David E. 1999. The Bungku-Tolaki languages of south-eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Pacific Linguistics, D-91.) Canberra: Australian National University.
The Kulisusu language is used in all levels of society, and several factors speak well for its continued vigorous use. First, the Kulisusu area is relatively isolated, even from other parts of Buton Island. Second, there is relatively full use of arable land in the main Kulisusu area, thus decreasing at least one major incentive for immigration (many villages are entirely Kulisusu speaking, or nearly so). Third, they have a strong cultural identity, including a history in which the Kulisusu were the rightful rulers of northeastern Buton Island under the Sultanate in Baubau.
Very few outsiders live in the Kulisusu area, with the consequence that the use of the local language is strong. Kulisusu is the language of all domains except government offices and mosques.
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Ethnologue : Kulisusu: A language of Indonesia http://www.ethnologue.com/language/vkl
Glottolog : Kulisusuhttp://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/kuli1254
KulisusuNet http://kulisusu.nettrilingual website highlighting the Kulisusu language and culture
Open Language Archives Community : OLAC resources in and about the Kulisusu language http://www.language-archives.org/language/vkl
Wikipedia (English) : Kulisusu language http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulisusu_language
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