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Mori Atas language

Mori Atas
Native to Indonesia
Region Sulawesi
Native speakers
unknown (about half of 28,000 cited 1988)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mzq
Glottolog mori1269[2]

Mori Atas, also known as Upper Mori or West Mori, is an Austronesian language of the Celebic branch. The traditional Mori Atas homeland is the upper course of the Laa River in Central Sulawesi.


  • Classification 1
  • Dialects 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4


Mori Atas is classified as a member of the Bungku-Tolaki group of languages, and shares its closest affinities with the Padoe language.[3] Together, Mori Atas and Mori Bawah are sometimes referred to collectively by the cover term ‘Mori’.


Mori Atas presents a complicated dialect situation. Following Esser, five dialects can be regarded as principal.[4]

  • Molio’a
  • Ulu’uwoi
  • Tambee
  • Molongkuni
  • Impo


  1. ^ Mori Atas at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mori Atas". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Mead, David. Proto-Bungku-Tolaki: Reconstruction of its phonology and aspects of its morphosyntax. (PhD dissertation, Rice University, 1998), p. 117.
  4. ^ Esser, S. J. Phonology and Morphology of Mori, translated from the Dutch version of 1927-1933 (Dallas: SIL, 2011), pp. 2 ff.


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