Astronesian and Papuan are the languages of East Timor. The lingua franca is the Tetum, a language influenced by Portugese with which has an equal status as an official language.uab Meto is the language of Ocussi Fataluku on the other hand is the Papuan language used in the eastern part of Timor.The rise of lingua francas diverse several clans over others and had led to extinction of smaller languages. However, some of them are still used in ritual cants or languages.In 2007, the language named Rusenu was discovered by Van Engelenhoven.

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