Aceh

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Acehnese, Achehnese, Achinese
Population

3,500,000 in Indonesia (2000 census). Total users in all countries: 3,500,032.

Location

North tip of Sumatra, both coasts, Aceh Province, Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya, Aceh Barat, Nagan Raya, Aceh Barat Daya, Aceh Selatan, Aceh Sinkil, Aceh Tamiang, Kota Langsa, Aceh Timr, Aceh Utara, Kota Lhokseumawe, Bireuen, Pidie Jaya, and Pidie regencies; Weh and neighboring islands off north tip; into Sumatera Utara Province, Tapanuli Tengah regency, south coast enclave.

Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in Aceh province.

Dialects

Banda Aceh, Baruh, Bueng, Daja, Pase, Pidie (Pedir, Timu), Tunong.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains except education and government. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind], mostly in the cities and for education.

Language Development
Prefer reading in Indonesian [ind]. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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