Nias

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Batu, Nias Selatan
Population

770,000 (2000 census).

Location

North Sumatra 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

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

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes. Limited proficiency in Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
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.