Bentong

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bentong-Dentong, Dentong
Population

25,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

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

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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