Balantak

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Balanta, Kosian
Population

30,000 (2000 SIL), increasing. L2 users: 1,000 (2015 R. Busenitz). 1,500 monolinguals (2015 R. Busenitz).

Location

Sulawesi Tengah Province, Banggai regency, Luwuk, Balantak, Tinangkung, and Lamala subdistricts, eastern peninsular tip, Cape Talabu: at least 49 villages..

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 66% with Andio [bzb], 51% with Saluan [loe], 39% with Bobongko [bgb].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Andio [bzb], Bugis [bug], Gorontalo [gor], Indonesian Bajau [bdl].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 60%. Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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