Tetum / Tetun - Lian Nasional no Ofisial Timor-Leste nian / The National and Co-Official Language of Timor-Leste

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Tetum (also Tetun) is an Austronesian language, a national language and one of the two official languages of East Timor. It is also used in parts of West Timor that adjoin East Timor, particularly in Belu Regency. Some of its dialects have been greatly influenced by Portuguese, the other official language of the country, especially in their vocabulary, but also in aspects of their grammar.

Sobre a língua Tetum / Kona ba Lian Tetun / About the Tetum Language (from Omniglot):

Deklarasaun Konjunta husi Órgaun Soberanu Repúblika Demokrátika Timor-Leste nian Kona-ba Lia-Tetun Ofisiál (Dez 2008):
URL:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/35281678/Statement-on-Tetum-TE-FINAL
Declaração Conjunta dos Órgãos de Soberania da República Democrática de Timor-Leste sobre a Utilização do Tétum Oficial
Joint Declaration by the Sovereign Organs of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste relating to Tetum (December 2008):
URL:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/35281671/Statement-on-Tetum-en-FINAL

Finding Common Ground Between Four Languages in Timor-Leste. A very interesting short film presentation on the commonalities in the dominant languages in use in Timor-Leste by Ken Westmoreland.
URL: http://www.blip.tv/file/2096000
Kompetisaun Hakerek Istoria / Short Story Competition:
URL: http://istoria-timor.blogspot.com/2010/04/istoria-timor-2010-iha-nee_09.html

A selection of texts, including some children's literature, in the Tetum Language:


Total speakers 800,000

Official status
Official language in  East Timor
Regulated by National Institute of Linguistics