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is a Formosan language
The Formosan languages are the languages of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan. Taiwanese aborigines currently comprise about 2% of the island's population. However, far fewer can still speak their ancestral language, after centuries of language shift...
of the Babuza and Taokas
Taokas is one of a number of indigenous ethno-linguistic groups that inhabited the plains of western Taiwan. The Taokas were located in the areas around today's Hsinchu City/Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taichung City region. Several Taokas groups have been historically linked to many revolts...
, indigenous peoples of Taiwan
Taiwan , also known, especially in the past, as Formosa , is the largest island of the same-named island group of East Asia in the western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The island forms over 99% of the current territory of the Republic of China following...
. It is related to or perhaps descended from Favorlang
Favorlang is an extinct Formosan language closely related to Babuza.Although Favorlang is considered by Taiwanese linguist Paul Jen-kuei Li to be a separate language, it is nevertheless very closely related to Babuza. In fact, the name Favorlang is derived from Babuza...
, attested from the 16th century.
Babuza was once spoken along much of the western coast of Taiwan. Its two rather divergent dialects, Poavosa and extinct Taokas, were separated by Papora and Pazeh
Pazeh is the language of the Pazeh, a Taiwanese aboriginal people). It is a Formosan language of the Austronesian languages language family. Kulun was a dialect. There was only one remaining native speaker of Pazeh proper, 96-year-old Pan Jin-yu. Since her death, however, the language is extinct...
- Dictionary: Dictionary of the Favorlang dialect of the Formosan language, by Gilbertus Happart
Gilbertus Happart was a seventeenth-century Dutch missionary to Formosa . He was stationed in the village of Favorlang and wrote a dictionary of the Favorlang language of the inhabitants.-References:...
(1650), translated from Dutch to English by W. H. Medhurst
Walter Henry Medhurst , was an English Congregationalist missionary to China, born in London and educated at St Paul's School, was one of the early translators of the Bible into Chinese language editions.-Early life:...