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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.

Kerinci
Baso Kincai
Native toIndonesia
RegionSumatra
Native speakers
290,000 (2000 census)[1]
DialectsUlu
Mamaq
Akit
Talang
Sakei
Kaganga, Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3kvr
Glottologkeri1250[2]

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.

ReferencesEdit

  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

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