A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bandjarese, Banjar Malay, Banjarese, Labuhan

3,500,000 in Indonesia (2000 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 3,505,000.


Kalimantan south and southeastern coasts, Java Sea and Makassar Strait; Kalimantan Tengah Province as far as Pangkalanbun, Sampit, and Palangkaraya; Kalimantan Selatan Province, around Banjarmasin, to south then east; Kalimantan Timur Province, coastal regions of Pulau Laut, Kutai, and Pasir, north towards Samarinda city and Mahakan delta; smaller region, Kalimantan Barat Province, coastal Matua.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Banjar became a LWC through trade. LWC in the market, in business, and in media. Banjar, already dominant in South Kalimantan Province, is also growing rapidly in Central and Eastern Kalimantan provinces.


Hulu, Kuala. Lexically influenced by Javanese [jav]. Lexical similarity: 73% with Indonesian [ind], 66% with Tamuan (Malayic Dayak) [xdy], 45% with Bakumpai [bkr], 35% with Ngaju [nij]. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

Vigorous. Many speakers lack fluency in Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Newspapers. New media. TV. Dictionary.

Arabic script [Arab].

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