The Malimpung language is spoken in Pinrang Regency in the villages of Malimpung and Urung, and by a small segment of the population of Sulili village (Druce 2009:142, see also the maps on pages 144 and 145 which locate the Malimpung-speaking area).
While Malimpung is rightly classified as a member of the Massenrempulu subgroup along with Duri, Enrekang, and Maiwa (Friberg and Laskowske 1989:5), the Malimpung language is the subgroup’s most divergent member owing to extensive borrowing from the Sawitto dialect of Bugis—so much so that at one time Malimpung was even considered a dialect of Bugis (Friberg and Friberg 1985:26–27) or subgrouped with Bugis (Valkama 1987:124, 133).
A survey conducted in 1986 estimated 5,000 speakers of Malimpung (reported in Friberg and Laskowske 1989:5).
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