Bantik language

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from ISO 639:bnq)
Native toIndonesia
RegionNorth Sulawesi
Native speakers
1,200 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bnq
This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA.

Bantik is an endangered Austronesian language, perhaps a Philippine language, of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is the traditional language of the Bantik people, who are now switching to Manado Malay (the local variety of Malay) as their language for everyday communication. While using Indonesia for formal and religious occasions. Though Bantik is still used as a marker of ethnic identity.

Bantik is regarded as a men's language, used by men in private, and it is considered improper to speak to women in Bantik. Very few women under the age of 30 know how to speak it.



Bantik vowels
Front Back
High i u
Mid e o
Low a


Bantik consonants
Bilabial Alveolar Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s h
Flap ɾ



Bantik is agglutinative.


The basic sentence orders of Bantik are subject–verb–object and verb–object–subject. The former is used when introducing a new object, the latter when introducing a new subject.


  1. ^ Bantik at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)

Further reading[edit]

  • Utsumi, Atsuko (2000). "Field-work on Bantik language". In Kazuto Matsumura (ed.). Studies in Minority Languages. pp. 18–20.
  • Utsumi, Atsuko (2000). "Bantik text: Bararogodo? and Uheitinenden". In Tasaku Tsunoda (ed.). Basic Materials in Minority Languages. pp. 23–32.
  • Utsumi, Atsuko (2012). "Applicative Verbs and Applicative Construction in the Bantik Language" (PDF). Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS). 5: 107–125. hdl:1885/9147.

External links[edit]