Bengkulu language

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Bengkulu Malay
Melayu Tengah
Region Bengkulu Province, Sumatra
Native speakers
1.6 million (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pse
Glottolog cent2053[2]

Bengkulu (Besemah, Pesemah), or Central Malay, is a Malayan language spoken on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, around the city of Bengkulu. It is more closely related to other Malay variants in Sumatra such as Col, Jambi Malay and Palembang Malay as well Minangkabau spoken in neighbouring West Sumatra than to Rejang, which is also spoken in the province.


  1. ^ Bengkulu Malay at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Central Malay". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.