Simeulue language

Long Bano
Native to Indonesia
Region Aceh, Sumatra
Native speakers
(undated figure of 30,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 smr
Glottolog sime1241[2]

The Simeulue language is spoken by the Devayan people of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.[1][3]


Simeulue is also called Mae o, which literally means 'Where are you going?'. Ethnologue also lists Long Bano, Simalur, Simeuloë, and Simulul as alternate names.


Simeulue is spoken in 5 of 8 subdistricts (kecamatan) of Simeulue Regency. It includes 2 dialects.[4]

Simeulue is also spoken on Babi Island and the Banyak Islands.

Sikule, related to Nias, is spoken in Alafan on the western end of Simeulue, while Jamu (also called Kamano), related to Minangkabau, is spoken in the capital city of Sinabang.

See also


  1. 1 2 Simeulue at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Simeulue". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Tsunami 1907: Early Interpretation and its Development
Simeulue language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator

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