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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Western
Continent: Asia
Country: Philippines, Indonesia,
 
Region: North central Palawan. ALAS-KLUET: Northern, northeast of Tapaktuan and around Kutacane. ANGKOLA: North central, Sipirok area. DAIRI: Northern, southwest of Lake Toba around Sidikalang. KARO: Central and northern, west and northwest of Lake Toba. MANDAILING: Northern. SIMALUNGUN: Northern, northeast of Lake Toba. TOBA: Samosir Island and east, south, and west of Toba Lake in north Sumatra.
Countries Where Spoken: 2,041 (1990 census). ALAS-KLUET: 80,000 (1989). ANGKOLA: 750,000 (1991 UBS). DAIRI: 1,200,000 (1991 UBS). KARO: 600,000 (1991 UBS). MANDAILING: 400,000 (1989). SIMALUNGUN: 800,000 (1977 Hayes). TOBA: 2,000,000 (1991 UBS).
Countries Where Official: Philippines, Indonesia
   
Native Speakers: 2,000,000
Speakers Total: 2,000,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Batak at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Batak at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Batak: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Batak: 0
  
Three Letter Code: BTK
Alternative Names: BABUYAN, TINITIANES, PALAWAN BATAK, ALAS-KLUET BATAK, ANAKOLA, ANGKOLA, DAIRI, PAKPAK, PAKPAK DAIRI, KARO BATAK, MANDAILING BATAK, BATTA, TIMUR, SIMELUNGAN, TOBA BATAK, BATTA
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Summary: Bilingualism in Tagalog. Negrito. VOS. Bible portions 1972. ALAS-KLUET: Reported to not be Batak. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Dairi, Karo. Muslim. ANGKOLA: Closely related to Mandailing Batak, but distinct sociolinguistically. Christian, Muslim. Bible 1991. DAIRI: Diari and Pakpak are sociolinguistically distinct. Christian. Bible in press (1995). KARO: Grammar. Christian, traditional religion. Bible 1987-1995. MANDAILING: Sociolinguistically different from Angkola. A general form of Batak common to a wider area than Angkola. Muslim. SIMALUNGUN: Bible 1976. TOBA: Closely related to Angkola Batak. Traditional Batak script. Christian. Bible 1894-1989.
 

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