The Sika or Sikanese language is a member of the Central Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family, and is spoken by around 180,000 people of the Sika ethnic group on Flores island in East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It is notable for being one of the few languages which contains a non-allophonic labiodental flap. It shows evidence of having a Papuan (non-Austronesian) substratum.
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