Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
15–50 (2018/2020)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3pku

Paku (Bakau) is an Austronesian language spoken in four villages in the East Barito Regency of Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia. It is closely related to the Malagasy language spoken on Madagascar. Most of the remaining speakers are also fluent in other languages. The use of the language is decreasing and speakers are increasingly shifting to Ma'anyan, a lingua franca of East Barito.[2] In 2018, it was estimated there was about 50 speakers of the language in the villages of Tampa, Tarinsing, Bantei Napu, and Kalamus in the regency of East Barito.[1]


Further reading

  • Dewi Mulyani Santoso; R. Budi Santoso; Ardin Lumban Tobing; Chairun Nisa; Widodo H. Toendan (1989). Fonologi Bahasa Paku [Paku Phonology] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan. ISBN 979-459-038-X – via
  • Dunis Iper; Wihadi Admojo; Petrus Poerwadi (2002). Struktur Bahasa Paku [Paku Structure] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Pusat Bahasa. ISBN 979-685-268-3 – via
  • Diedrich, Daniela (2018). A Grammar of Paku: A Language of Central Kalimantan (PhD thesis). The University of Melbourne. hdl:11343/225728.