Gayo language

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Basa Gayo
Native to Indonesia
Region Sumatra
Native speakers
300,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-2 gay
ISO 639-3 gay
Glottolog gayo1244[2]

Gayo is the spoken language of some 300,000 people (2010) in the mountain region of North Sumatra around Central Aceh, Bener Meriah and Gayo Lues. It is classified as belonging to the Western Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages, but is not closely related to other languages. Ethnologue lists Deret, Lues, Lut, and Serbejadi-Lukup as dialects.

Gayo is distinguished from other languages in Aceh. The art and culture of Gayo people and also significantly different compared with other Acehnese people.

In 1907, G.A.J. Hazeu wrote a first Gayo–Dutch dictionary for the colonial authorities of the Dutch East Indies.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Gayo at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Gayo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Gajosch-Nederlandsch Woordenboek, by G.A.J. Hazeu, Landsdrukkerij Batavia 1907. It is available online as a Google scan.