Native toLaos
EthnicityAlak people
Native speakers
4,000 (2007)[1]
Lao script, Khom script
Language codes
ISO 639-3alk

Alak is a language spoken by some 4,000 people in southern Laos, especially in the Provinces of Salavan and Sekong (where the Alak people make up over a fifth of the population). It is closely related to the language spoken by the Bahnars of Vietnam. It includes two dialects, Alak proper and Harak.[2]


  1. ^ Alak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Theraphan L. Thongkum, The place of Lawi, Harak and Tariang within Bahnaric (1997), in The Mon-Khmer Studies Journal, volume 27