Selayar language

Bahasa Selayar
Native to Indonesia
Region Selayar Islands, South Sulawesi
Native speakers
130,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sly
Glottolog sela1260[2]

Selayar or Selayarese is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 100,000 people on the island of Selayar in South Sulawesi province, Indonesia.[3]



Front Back
High i u
Mid e o
Low a

Vowels are lengthened when stressed and in an open syllable.


Nasalization extends from nasal consonants to the following vowels, continuing until blocked by an intonation break or a consonant other than a glottal stop:

[lamẽãĩʔĩ ãːsu] "A dog urinated on him."
[sassaʔ lamẽãĩʔĩ | ʔaːsu lataiːʔiʔi] "A lizard urinated on him, and a dog defecated on him."[4]


Bilabial Coronal Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive prenasalized ᵐb ⁿd ᶮɟ ᵑɡ
voiced b d ɟ a
voiceless p k ʔ
Fricative s h
Lateral l
Approximant ɹ

Of the coronals, the voiceless stop is dental, while the others are alveolar.


  1. Selayar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Selayar". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Mithun & Basri (1986:210)
  4. Mithun & Basri (1986): pp. 225–226.


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