Kerinci language

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Baso Kincai
Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
290,000 (2000 census)[1]
Kaganga, Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3kvr

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.


  1. ^ Kerinci at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kerinci". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Divergent Varieties of Malay in Upstream Jambi" Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.

Ernanda. (2011). On the loss of the phrasal alternation in Pondok Tinggi dialect of Kerinci: A Stochastic Optimality Theory Approach (Master thesis). Faculty of *Arts. Radboud University Nijmegen.