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A language of Madagascar

Alternate Names
Malagasy, Malgache, Official Malagasy, Standard Malagasy
Population

7,520,000 in Madagascar (2006). Population total all countries: 7,529,640.

Location

Central.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (2010, Provisional Constitution, Article 6), use limited in higher education.

Dialects

Betsileo, Bezanozano, Merina, Sihanaka, Tanala, Vakinankaritra, Zafimaniry. Reportedly the most similar language outside Madagascar is Ma’anyan [mhy] in south Borneo (Kalimantan, Indonesia). A member of macrolanguage Malagasy [mlg].

Typology

VOS.

Language Development
Fully developed. Bible: 1835–2011.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

The standard is most similar to the Merina dialect, with loans incorporated from Bantu languages, Swahili [swh], Arabic, English, French. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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