Gorontalo language

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Bahasa Hulontalo
Native toIndonesia
RegionGorontalo, Sulawesi
Native speakers
1 million (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-2gor
ISO 639-3gor
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The Gorontalo language (also called Hulontalo) is a language spoken in Gorontalo Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia by the Gorontalo people.[2]


Musa Kasim et al. (1981) give five main dialects of Gorontalo: east Gorontalo, Limboto, Gorontolo City, west Gorontalo, and Tilamuta.



Gorontalo consonants
labial alveolar palatal velar glottal
nasal m n ɲ ŋ
plosive voiceless p t c k ʔ
voiced b d ɟ ɡ
implosive ɓ ɗ
sonorant plain w r j h
lateral l

Consonant sequences include NC (homorganic nasal–plosive), where C may be /b d t d̠ ɟ ɡ k/. Elsewhere, /b d/ are relatively rare and only occur before high vowels. /d̠/, written ⟨ḓ⟩ in the literature, is a laminal post-alveoral coronal stop that is indeterminate as to voicing. The phonemic status of [ʔ] is unclear; if [VʔV] is interpreted as vowel sequences /VV/, then this contrasts with long vowels (where the two V's are the same) and vowel sequences separated by linking glides (where the two V's are different).


Gorontalo has five vowels.[3]

Gorontalo vowels
front central back
high i u
mid e o
low a


  1. ^ Gorontalo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ "The Gorontalo Language". The linguist list. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  3. ^ Little (1995), p. 523


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