South Sulawesi languages

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South Sulawesi
Linguistic classificationAustronesian

The South Sulawesi languages are a group of languages spoken by the Bugis and related ethnic groups native to the Indonesian provinces South Sulawesi and West Sulawesi.


The position of the Tamanic languages, usually represented by Embaloh (Maloh), is unclear. Long left unclassified, the Dutch linguist K.A. Adelaar has proposed that they are especially close to Buginese and thus can be included in the South Sulawesi subgroup.[2][3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "South Sulawesi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ K. A. Adelaar. 1994. The classification of the Tamanic languages. In Tom Dutton and Darrell T. Tryon (eds.), Language contact and change in the Austronesian world, 1-42. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  3. ^ K. Alexander Adelaar and Nikolaus Himmelmann. 2005. The Austronesian languages of Asia and Madagascar. London: Routledge.


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

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