Bangka Malay

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Native to Indonesia
Region Sumatra
Native speakers
340,000  (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mfb
Glottolog bang1365[2]

Bangka is an Austronesian language spoken in Indonesia, specifically on the Island of Bangka in the Bangka–Belitung Islands of Sumatra.[3] There are several dialects of Bangka Malay, including Mentok, Belinyu, Sungailiat, Koba, Toboali, and Lom (Belom, Mapor). The Lom community has lived separately from mainstream Malay and is known for refusing Islam. Bangka Malay has a distinct vocabulary, grammar and phonology from other Malayan languages.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bangka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bangka". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^