Kerinci language

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Kerinci
Baso Kincai
Native to Indonesia
Region Sumatra
Native speakers
290,000  (2000 census)[1]
Dialects Ulu
Mamaq
Akit
Talang
Sakei
Kaganga, Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kvr
Glottolog keri1250[2]

Kerinci (Karinchi or Kincai) is a Malayan language spoken in Jambi province, Sumatra especially in Kerinci Regency and Sungai Penuh city. It has a high dialectical diversity, with dialects consists of Ulu, Mamaq, Akit, Talang and 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.

References[edit]

  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"