Embaloh language

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Native to Indonesia
Region Kalimantan
Native speakers
10,000 (1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 emb
Glottolog emba1238[2]

Mbalo (Embaloh) is an Austronesian (Dayak) language of Borneo. Apart from Taman, it is not close to other languages, and its classification has long been controversial. Adelaar and Himmelmann (2005) propose that it is especially close to Buginese. However, it is frequently left as an isolate within (Nuclear) Malayo-Polynesian.

Kalis (Kalis Maloh) may be a distinct language.


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


  • K. Alexander Adelaar and Nikolaus Himmelmann, The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar. Routledge, 2005.