Mentawai language

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Mentawai
Behase Mentawei
Native to West Sumatra, Indonesia
Region Mentawai Islands
Native speakers
58,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mwv
Glottolog ment1249[2]

The Mentawai language is an Austronesian language, spoken by the Mentawai people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra.

Dialects[edit]

According to Ethnologue, Mentawai dialects include: Silabu, Sipura – Simalegi, Sakalagan, Saumanganja – North Siberut, South Siberut – Taikaku – Pagai.[1]

Syamsir Arifin, et al. (1992) list twelve dialects of Mentawai:

Dialects in Siberut Island are:[3]

  • Sikapone
  • Togiiite
  • Pokai
  • Simajegi
  • Simatalu
  • Paipajet
  • Sakuddei
  • Sagulubbe
  • Sirileleu
  • Sikabaluan
  • Sempungan
  • Saibi & Sarabua
  • Silaoinan
  • Sarareiket
  • Sabirut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mentawai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mentawai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ http://www.indonesiatravelingguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Siberut-National-Park-map-800.jpg

Links[edit]

  • Syamsir Arifin; Nasroel Malano; Yuslina Kasim. 1992. Fonologi bahasa Mentawai. Jakarta: Pusat Pembinaan dan Pengembangan Bahasa, Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaa.