Bahnar

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A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Bana
Autonym
Bahnar
Population

228,000 (2009 census). Based on ethnicity.

Location

Gia Lai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Kon Tum provinces, central highlands.

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Language Status

5* (Developing). Language of recognized ethnic group: Ba Na.

Dialects

Tolo, Golar, Alakong (A-La Cong), Jolong (Gio-Lang, Y-Lang), Bahnar Bonom (Bomam), Kontum, Krem. Other dialects or ethnic names: Roh, Kpang Cong. Reportedly most similar to Alak [alk], Tampuan [tpu], and Romam [rmx].

Language Use

Also use Vietnamese [vie].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Radio. Dictionary. Bible: 2015.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ba Na is an official ethnic community 227,715 (2009 census) that also includes Rengao [ren]. Traditional religion, Christian.

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