Dawan is an Austronesian language spoken by about 600,000 people mainly in
the western part of Timor Island including the enclave of Oecusse (Oekusi),
which is part of East Timor.
The language is sometimes called Meto, Uab Atoni Pah Meto, Uab Pah Meto,
Timor, Timorese, Timol, Timoreesch, Timoreezen, Dawan, Timor Dawan, or Rawan.
The dialect spoken in Oecusse is called Baikenu although the local people
simply call it Uab Meto
Dawan was first written by missionaries, who used the spelling systems
they devised to translate religious material into the language.
Sample texts in Dawan
Atoni ma bife ok-okê mahonis kamafutû ma nmuî
upan ma hak namnés. Sin napein tenab ma nekmeü ma sin
musti nabai es nok es onlê olif-tataf.
These sample texts are in different dialects of Dawan.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)