Bentong

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bentong-Dentong, Dentong
Population

25,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

South Sulawesi Province, inland parts of Maros, Bone, Pangkep, and Barru regencies where Bugis [bug], Makassar [mak] and Highland Konjo [kjc] language areas meet.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Most similar to Konjo [kjc].

Language Use

Some youth shifting to Indonesian [ind].

Other Comments

‘Bentong’ and ‘Dentong’ are Bugis [bug] and Makasarese [mak] exonyms meaning ‘nonfluent’, but the names do not have negative connotations to speakers themselves. Muslim, Christian.