Alas
Batak Alas
Native toIndonesia
RegionSumatra
Ethnicity
Native speakers
200,000 (2000 census)[1]
Latin
Batak
Language codes
ISO 639-3btz
Glottologbata1292

Alas, Alas-Kluet, or Batak Alas, is an Austronesian language of Sumatra. The three dialects, Alas, Kluet, and Singkil (Kade-Kade), may not constitute a single language; Alas may be closer to Karo, and the others closer to Dairi. By linguistic affiliation, Alas–Kluet belongs to the Batak subgroup. Ethnically, however, its speakers generally do not identify as Batak, mostly because of their religion.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Alas at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Akifumi Iwabuchi (1994). The People of the Alas Valley: A Study of an Ethnic Group of Northern Sumatra. Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-827902-7.

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