Halang language

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Region Kon Tum Province (Vietnam), Attapu Province (Laos)
Native speakers
unknown (undated figure of 18,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hal
Glottolog hala1252[2]

Halang, also known as Salang, is a Bahnaric language of the Mon–Khmer branch of the Austroasiatic language family. It is spoken in the southern Laotian province of Attapu by approximately 4000 people and in the neighboring Kon Tum Province of Vietnam by approximately 13,500 people (Ethnologue, 2000).

In more specific usage, Halang refers to the dialect spoken in Vietnam, whereas Salang refers to the dialect spoken in Laos. Halang or Salang may also serve as an ethnonym for members of the ethnic group that speak the language. However, in Vietnam, the Halang speakers are officially classified as a subgroup of the larger Sedang ethnicity.


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