Bambam is a member of the Northern group of the South Sulawesi branch of the Malayo-Polynesian languages. It is spoken by about 40,000 people in the south of West Sulawesi Province on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. In particular, it is spoken in the Mambi and Tabang districts of the Mamasa Regency, and in the Matangnga district of the Polewali Mandar Regency.

Bambam is also known as Bambang or Pitu Ulunna Salu. Dialects include Bambam Hulu, Salu Mokanam, Bumal, Mehalaan, Pattae', Matangnga, Issilita' and Salubakka'. It is closely related to Aralle-Tabulahan, Ulumanda', Pannei and Dakka, which are also spoken in West Sulawesi Province. These languages are collectively known as the Pitu Ulunna Salu languages.

Bambam is written with the Latin alphabet, and there is a Bambam translation of the New Testament of the Bible.

Bambam alphabet

Bambam alphabet

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Iya nauam Puang Yesus: “Maka' ma'sambajangkoa', la muuaa': Ambeki, dipa'kasallei sanga masehomu, kela mala Ikom ma'pahenta.
  2. Beengkanni kinande la sihuanna kiande allo-allo.
  3. Anna muampunniangkanni kasalaangki, aka muampunningkam duka' to kasalaam lako kaleki. Anna daa ullappa'kam tama pa'sändäsam.”



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


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Information about Bambam

Malayo-Polynesian languages

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Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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