Nasal language

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Native to Indonesia
Region Southwestern Sumatra
Native speakers
3,000 (2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nsy
Glottolog nasa1239[2]

Nasal is an Austronesian language of southwestern Sumatra. Anderbeck & Aprilani (2013) consider Nasal to be an isolate within the Malayo-Polynesian branch.


Nasal is spoken in the Nasal River area of Kaur Regency, Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, in the villages of Tanjung Betuah, Gedung Menung (both in Muara Nasal district), and Tanjung Baru (in Maje district). There are many loanwords from Lampung.[3] Languages spoken near the Nasal area include the Krui dialect of Lampung and the Malay lects Kaur, Bengkulu, Serawai and Semenda (Anderbeck & Aprilani 2013:3).


  1. ^ Nasal at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nasal". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
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