Alas language

Batak Alas
Native to Indonesia
Region Sumatra
Ethnicity Alas people, Kluet people, Singkil people
Native speakers
200,000 (2000 census)[1]
Latin, Batak
Language codes
ISO 639-3 btz
Glottolog bata1292[2]

Alas, Alas-Kluet, or Batak Alas, is an Austronesian language of Sumatra. The three dialects, Alas, Kluet, and Singkil (Kade-Kade), may not constitute a single language; Alas may be closer to Karo, and the others closer to Dairi. The Alas reject the name 'Batak'.


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