Banjar

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bandjarese, Banjar Malay, Banjarese, Labuhan
Population

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

Location

Kalimantan, around Banjarmasin south and east; East Kalimantan Province, coastal regions of Pulau Laut, Kutai, and Pasir; Central Kalimantan Province as far as Sampit.

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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.

Dialects

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.
Other Comments

Muslim.

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