Kerinci language

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Native to Indonesia
Region Sumatra
Native speakers
290,000  (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kvr
Glottolog keri1250[2]

Kerinci (Karinchi) is a Malayan language of Sumatra. It has high dialectical diversity, with dialects Ulu, Mamaq, Akit, Talang, Sakei.

Lempur Malay and Rantau Panjang Malay, two recently described divergent Malay varieties spoken in the western part of Jambi province, share features with both Kerinci and Jambi Malay.[3]

Van Reijn (1974) notes that Kerinci shares many phonological similarities with Austroasiatic languages, such as sesquisyllabic word structure and vowel inventory.


  1. ^ Kerinci at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kerinci". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Divergent Varieties of Malay in Upstream Jambi"