Malay, Ambonese


  • Language: Malay, Ambonese
  • Alternate names: Ambonese, Ambong, Malayu Ambon, Moluccan (Maluku) Malay
  • Language code: abs
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayo-Sumbawan, North and East Malayo-Sumbawan, Malayic, Vehicular Malay, Eastern Indonesia Trade Malay, Ambonic Malay
  • Creole language
  • Number of speakers: 200000
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    Malay, Ambonese is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Maluku Province. Central area: Ambon, Haruku, Nusa Laut, and Saparua islands; coastal areas of Seram island. Southern area: northwest Aru island group, Wamar island. Also in Netherlands, United States.


    Dobo Malay. Marginal intelligibility with Indonesian (See: Indonesian). Difficult intelligibility with North Moluccan Malay (See: Malay, North Moluccan); speakers switch to Indonesian. Lexical similarity: 81% with Indonesian (See: Indonesian). Banda Malay (See: Malay, Banda?) may best be considered a dialect of Moluccan Malay (See: Malay, North Moluccan).

    The Malay, Ambonese Verb