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 Ulu, Mamaq, Akit, Talang and Sakei.

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)


Further reading[edit]

  • 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.
  • Ernanda. (2017). Phrasal alternation in Kerinci (Doctoral Dissertation). Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Leiden University.
  • McKinnon, Timothy A. (2011). The Morphology and Morphosyntax of Kerinci Word Shape Alternations. University of Delaware, Doctoral Dissertation.
  • McKinnon, Timothy, Yanti, Peter Cole, Gabriella Hermon. 2012. Divergent Varieties of Malay in Upstream Jambi. Paper given at ISMIL 16.
  • McKinnon, Timothy A. What is Kerinci? An closer look at the geography of its core properties.
  • Usman, A. Hakim (1988). Fonologi dan Morfologi Bahasa Kerinci Dialek Sungai Penuh. Jakarta: Universitas Indonesia Fakultas Pascasarjana Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Yanti; Mckinnon, Timothy; Cole, Peter; Hermon, Gabriella (2018). "The Phonological Basis of Syntactic Change in Kerinci". Oceanic Linguistics. 57 (2): 433–483. doi:10.1353/ol.2018.0018. ISSN 1527-9421. S2CID 149686433.