Gorontalo language

Bahasa Hulontalo
Native to Indonesia
Region Gorontalo, Sulawesi
Native speakers
1 million (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-2 gor
ISO 639-3 gor
Glottolog goro1259[2]

The Gorontaloan language (also called Hulontalo) is a language spoken in Gorontalo Province (Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, southern coast) by the Gorontaloan people.[3] Dialects of Gorontalo are East Gorontalo, Gorontalo Kota, Tilamuta, Suwawa, and West Gorontalo.


labalv. pal.vel.glot.
nasal m n ɲ ŋ
plosive p b t d c ɟ k ɡ ʔ
implosive ɓ ɗ
sonorant w l r j h

Consonant sequences include NC (homorganic nasalplosive), where C may be /b d t d̠ ɟ ɡ k/. Elsewhere, /b d/ are relatively rare and only occur before high vowels. /d̠/, written in the literature, is a laminal post-alveoral coronal stop that is indeterminate as to voicing. The phonemic status of [ʔ] is unclear; if [VʔV] is interpreted as vowel sequences /VV/, then this contrasts with long vowels (where the two V's are the same) and vowel sequences separated by linking glides (where the two V's are different).



  1. Gorontaloan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Gorontalo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. "The Gorontalo Language". The linguist list. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
Gorontalo language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator
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