Batak Alas-Kluet

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Alas-Kluet Batak
Population

195,000 (2000 census). Includes 80,000 Alas, 50,000 Kluet, and 65,000 Singkil.

Location

Sumatra, southwest Aceh Province, northeast of Tapaktuan and Kutacane.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Alas, Kluet, Singkil (Kade-Kade). Alas dialect may be more similar to Karo Batak [btx], 81% cognate (Soravia 2002), while Kluet and Singkil may be more closely related to Pakpak Dairi [btd].

Other Comments

Many reject the label Batak for its cultural connotations. Unclear whether this is a single language.