Serua language

Native to Indonesia
Region Seram Island
Extinct (date missing)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 srw
Glottolog seru1245[2]

Serua is an extinct Austronesian language originally spoken on Serua Island in Maluku, Indonesia. Speakers were relocated to Seram due to volcanic activity on Serua.

Language speakers are settled in the village of Waipia, north of Masohi in central Seram, on the road to Makariki. Families from Serua bear the names Kilay, Pormes, Tutkey.

Words in common parlance include

Callora - raw fish dish similar to Peruvian Cevice Wauka - to whisper Kek am liu - Crazy No ko me - How are you? Mel melle taro'a - All is well

Examples of local sayings

Wauka wauke Tiki lowati Sapi lowati Timorei Timotei Wateo

A song used to heave canoes from the sea to the beach. Equivalent to "heave ho me hearties"

Sources: Personal experience from 25 years ago


  1. Serua at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Serua". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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