Bahnar

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A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Bana
Population

158,000 in Viet Nam (1999 census).

Location

Gai Lai, Kon Tum, and Binh Dinh provinces, central highlands.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Alakong (A-La Cong), Bahnar Bonom (Bomam), Golar, Jolong (Gio-Lang, Y-Lang), Kontum, Krem, Tolo. Other dialects or ethnic names: Roh, Kpang Cong. Reportedly most similar to Alak [alk], Tampuan [tpu], and Romam [rmx].

Language Use

Also use Vietnamese [vie].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1977–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ba Na is an official ethnic community 227,715 (2009 census) that also includes Rengao [ren]. Traditional religion, Christian.