Batak Alas-Kluet


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Alas-Kluet Batak

195,000 (2000 census). Includes 80,000 Alas, 50,000 Kluet, and 65,000 Singkil.


Aceh province: inland from Tapaktuan, and northwest towards Kutacane; into North Sumatra province.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Alas, Kluet, Singkil (Kade-Kade). Alas dialect may be more similar to Karo Batak [btx], 81% cognate (Soravia 2002), while Kluet and Singkil may be more closely related to Pakpak Dairi [btd]. Lexical similarity: 76% with Batak Karo [btx] (Woollams 2005).

Other Comments

Many reject the label Batak for its cultural connotations. Unclear whether this is a single language.

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