Mah Meri language

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Mah Meri
Besisi, Betise’
Native to Malaysia
Region Malacca
Ethnicity Mah Meri
Native speakers
3,000 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mhe
Glottolog besi1244[2]

Mah Meri, also known as Besisi and Betise’, is an aboriginal Mon–Khmer language spoken in Malaya. It is the only such language spoken on the coast, in Malacca outside the capital Kuala Lumpur. The small number of speakers is increasing. A dictionary of the Mah Meri language has been recently written by Nicole Kruspe.


  1. ^ Mah Meri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Besisi". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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