Definitions

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  • proper n. The Malayo-Polynesian national language of East Timor.

Etymologies

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From Portuguese tetum, from Tetum Tetun.

Examples

  • However a comment [pt] reduced the extent of issues to two types of vision: the woman’s and the child’s, playing with the meaning of the Portuguese word for foetus (feto) and its homonym in Tetum meaning “woman”.

    Global Voices in English » East Timor: Thoughts on Abortion A Few Days Before Law Approval

  • ABS: I created the “korrespondensia literaria” entry on my Tetum blog in an attempt to convey to the outside readers the correspondence I have had with my fellow literary friends through SMS.

    Global Voices in English » East Timor: Abe Barreto Soares’ Poetry for Nation Building

  • Another interesting comment [pt] related to the particularities of the Tetum language states:

    Global Voices in English » East Timor: Thoughts on Abortion A Few Days Before Law Approval

  • Em Tetum a gravidez diz-se “isin rua” (literalmente traduzido significa “dois corpos”) o corpo da mae e o corpo do feto.

    Global Voices in English » East Timor: Thoughts on Abortion A Few Days Before Law Approval

  • Timor-LesteTetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English note: there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant numbers of people

    Languages

  • Languages: Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English note: there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant numbers of people

    Timor-Leste

  • Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write total population: 58.6% male: NA% female: NA% (2002) GovernmentCountry name: conventional long form: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste conventional short form: Timor-Leste local long form: Republika Demokratika Timor Lorosa'e [Tetum]; Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste [Portuguese] local short form: Timor Lorosa'e [Tetum]; Timor-Leste [Portuguese] former: East Timor, Portuguese Timor

    Timor-Leste

  • But the 'protectorate' mindset certainly wants easier access to East Timorese resources, greater privileging of foreign investment and a shift in national language policy from Portuguese-Tetum to English-Tetum.

    East Timor after Alkatiri: nation or protectorate?

  • "I am Aygar, son of Graila and Tetum, maternal grandson of Berru and Bakkun, paternal grandson of Paskutti and Divisti."

    Survivors

  • Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English note: there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole,

    The 2005 CIA World Factbook

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