Malay, Jambi


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Batin, Djambi

1,000,000 (2000 census).


Southeast Sumatra island, Jambi Province, widely spoken throughout; Sumatera Selatan Province, thin shared language zone running length of northern border; Riau Province, small corner areas, Indragiri Hulu and Indragiri Hilir regencies; Sumatera Barat Province, Pessisir Selantan regency, border enclave; Bengkulu Province, small area south of Lake Dipatipan.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Downstream Jambi Malay, Upstream Jambi Malay. Forms a network of related varieties with Minangkabau [min] west, Riau Malay [zlm] north, and Musi [mui] south (Anderbeck 2008). A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

As with many Malay varieties, gradually becoming more like Indonesian [ind]. Home, village. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind].

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