Kenaboi language

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Native to Malaysia
Region Negri Sembilan
Extinct attested c. 1880
Language codes
ISO 639-3 xbn
Glottolog kena1236[1]

Kĕnaboi is an extinct and poorly attested language of Malaya that may have been a Mon–Khmer (presumably Aslian) language, though not closely related to any other. It is attested in what appear to be two dialects,[1][2] based on two word lists collected c. 1880 by D.F.A. Hervey that total some 250 words.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kenaboi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 


  • Hajek, John. 1998. "Kenaboi: An extinct unclassified language of the Malay Peninsula." Mon–Khmer Studies: A Journal of Southeast Languages 28: 137–49.