• Language: Tugun
  • Alternate names: Mahuan, Tutunohan
  • Language code: tzn
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Timor-Babar, Southwest Maluku, Wetar
  • Number of speakers: 1200
  • Script:


Tugun is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Southwestern Maluku Province, Mahuan, Masapun, Tomliapat, Ilpokil, Kahailin, Ilway, and Arwala villages. Wetar island west of Barat Daya archipelago; southeast end of island.


Arwala, Ilpokil, Kahailin Ilway, Mahuan, Masapua, Tomliapat. Lexical similarity: 92%–97% among dialects, 76% with Perai (See: Perai), 74% with Aputai (See: Aputai), 73% with Ili’uun (See: Ili’uun?), 52% with Galolen (See: Galolen?).

The Tugun Verb

Sample Verbs

to bite'gaga
to come'ma
to cry'kua
to die, be dead'mate
to dreamna'mi
to drink'minu
to eat'mua
to fall'pole
to fly'sopar
to hear'liu
to kill'otu
to know, be knowledgeable'sɛrɛk
to laugh'mali
to scratch'gatal
to see'tʃotʃo
to sit'tur
to sleepti'pur
to spitpita'pre
to stand'piri
to swim'nani
to walkni'loa
to vomit'muta
to yawn