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Home >>Social Structure >>Languages in North Sulawesi

Languages in North Sulawesi

Over the centuries four ethnic groups have coalesced out of the dozens of interrelated peoples that formerly inhabited North Sulawesi. The name of the four ethnic groups parallel the names of the province's district, i.e. : Bolaang Mongondow, Gorontalo, Sangihe Talaud and Minahasa. Eventough "Bahasa Indonesia" is spoken as National Language, in practice people of the tribes inhabiting this region still recognize and identity with local groups and sub groups, distinguished mainly by language or dialect according to their background as follows :

A. Bolaang Mongondow Language Group :

  • Mongondow
  • Lolak
  • Bintauna
  • Boroko/Bolangitang
  • Bolango
  • Bantik Mongondow

B. Gorontalo Language Group :

  • Gorontalo
  • Suwawa (bone)
  • Atinggola

C. Sangihe Talaud Language Group :

  • Talaud (Talaur)
  • Sanger Besar
  • Siau

D. Minahasa Language Group :

  • Tombulu
  • Tonsea
  • Toulour
  • Tountemboan
  • Tounsawang
  • Pasan Ratahan
  • Ponosakan Belang
  • Bantik Minahasa

Zie ook: Minahasa Writing

 Attention!
The dictionary: Kamus Melayu Manado - Bahasa Indonesia
Bahasa Indonesia - Melayu Manado

will be published mid Desember 2004, before Christmas.

 


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