Gayo

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Gajo
Population

300,000 (2000 census).

Location

Sumatra, Aceh Province, Central Aceh, East Aceh, Gayo Lues, and Southeast Aceh regencies. North Sumatra highland region near Mount Sembuang.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Deret, Lues, Lut, Serbejadi-Lukup. Not closely related to other languages. Some Gayo people consider Alas [btz] a distant Gayo dialect.

Language Use

Home, neighborhood, clinic, market, ceremonies, village meetings. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools 2 hours a week called local instruction. Poetry. Newspapers. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.