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Simeulue language

Long Bano
Native to Indonesia
Region Aceh, Sumatra
Native speakers
unknown (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 the Simeulue island, off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.[3][4]


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.[5]

According to Ethnologue, Simeulue is also spoken on Babi and Banyak islands.

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

See also


  1. ^ Simeulue at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Simeulue". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Ethnologue Report for Defayan language
  4. ^ Tsunami 1907: Early Interpretation and its Development
  5. ^

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