Bambam

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Pitu Uluna Salu, Pitu-Ulunna-Salu
Population

22,000 (Strømme 1987).

Location

West Sulawesi Province, west Polmas regency, Mambi subdistrict. Watershed of Maloso and Mapilli rivers; into Majene and Mamuju regencies.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bambam Hulu, Bumal, Issilita’, Matangnga, Mehalaan, Pakkau, Pattae’, Salu Mokanam. Complex dialect chain. Lexical similarity: 83%–94% with Bumal; 85%–80% with dialects of Aralle-Tabulahan [atq], Pannei [pnc], and Ulumanda [ulm].

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages.

Language Development
Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 2004–2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.