Nias

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Batu, Nias Selatan
Population

770,000 (2000 census).

Location

Sumatra island, Sumatera Utara Province; Nias, Batu islands off west coast; Northwest dialect: Alasa area, west in Sirombu and Mandrehe areas; Central dialect: Gomo area, south in Teluk Dalam and Batu islands.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

North Nias (Gunung Sitoli), South Nias, West Nias, Northwest Nias, Central Nias.

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Grammar. Bible: 1911.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

North dialect (particularly Gunung Sitoli) has high prestige and is a lingua franca in Nias. The South dialect (particularly Teluk Dalam variety) has lower prestige, especially in northern Nias, and is considered by many Nias speakers from other areas as unrefined. Christian.