South Barisan Malay

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South Barisan Malay
Central Malay
Native toIndonesia
RegionBengkulu
South Sumatra
Lampung
Native speakers
1.6 million (2000)[1]
Austronesian
DialectsBenakat
Bengkulu
Besemah
Enim
Kikim
Kisam
Lematang Ulu
Lintang
Ogan
Rambang
Semendo
Serawai
Language codes
ISO 639-3pse
Glottologcent2053

South Barisan Malay, also called Central Malay or Middle Malay, is a collection of related Malayic isolects spoken in the southwestern part of Sumatra. None of the Central Malay isolects has more than one million speakers.

Name[edit]

Traditionally, the term Middle Malay (a calque of Dutch Midden-Maleisch) is used when referring to this cluster. Later, to avoid misidentification with a temporal stage of Malay language (i.e. the transition between Old Malay and Modern Malay), the term Central Malay began to be used.[2] McDonnell (2016) uses the term South Barisan Malay instead, referring to the southern region of the Barisan Mountains where these isolects are spoken.[3]

Varieties[edit]

Ethnologue groups together 12 isolects as part of Central Malay.[4]

There has been little research on individual isolects within the cluster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Barisan Malay at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Adelaar, K. Alexander (1992). Proto-Malayic: The Reconstruction of its Phonology and Parts of its Lexicon and Morphology. Pacific Linguistics, Series C, no. 119. Canberra: Dept. of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University. hdl:1885/145782.
  3. ^ McDonnell, Bradley James (2016). Symmetrical Voice Constructions in Besemah: A Usage-based Approach (PhD thesis). University of California, Santa Barbara.
  4. ^ Lewis, M. Paul; Gary F. Simons; Charles D. Fennig, eds. (2015). Ethnologue: Languages of the World (18th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International.