Bentong

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bentong-Dentong, Dentong
Population

L1 users: 25,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

Sulawesi Selatan province: Barru, Bone, Pangkep, and Maros regencies; highland areas northeast of Makassar city.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly most similar to Konjo [kjc].

Language Use

Some youth shifting to Indonesian [ind].

Other Comments

‘Bentong’ and ‘Dentong’ are Bugis [bug] and Makasarese [mak] exonyms meaning ‘nonfluent’, but the names do not have negative connotations to speakers themselves. Muslim, Christian.

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