Bangka

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A language of Indonesia

Population

340,000 (2000 census). 50 or less speakers of the Lom dialect (Wurm 2007).

Location

Sumatra, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Province, widespread, Bangka island.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Capital City Urban Bangka, Central Bangka, Lom (Belom, Mapor), North Bangka, Port Urban Bangka, South Bangka. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

Lom dialect seriously endangered or moribund (2000 S. Wurm).

Other Comments

A network of dialects with distinct lexical, phonological, and grammatical innovations set Bangka apart from other Malay speech varieties. Muslim, traditional religion.