Semelaic languages

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Southern Aslian
Peninsular Malaysia
Linguistic classification Austroasiatic
Glottolog seme1246[1]

The Semelaic languages are a sub-branch of the Aslian branch of Mon–Khmer group of languages. They are based in the southern part of the central Malaysian plain, and are thus sometimes referred to as the Southern Aslian languages. The four languages that make up the branch are,

Temoq, Semelai, Semaq Beri, and Mah Meri (Betise’).[2][3]

Of these languages, Mah Meri is the most divergent (Benjamin 2011).

These languages are spoken by tribal groups, numbering no more than 10,000 speakers in total. The languages are considered endangered due to social disruption in the area and the dominance of Malay.[2]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Semelai–Semaq". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ a b Aslian Sidwell, Paul; Australian National University; April 2006; Accessed 31 January 2007
  3. ^ George “van” Driem (2001). Handbuch Der Orientalistik. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 90-04-10390-2. 
  • Benjamin, Geoffrey. 2011. The current situation of the Aslian languages. m.s.

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