Embaloh language

Native to Indonesia
Region Kalimantan
Native speakers
(10,000 cited 1991)[1]
  • Kalis
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. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Embaloh". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


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