Bangka Malay

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

Bangka or Bangka Malay is a Malayan 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. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bangka". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^