Sekak

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Lonchong, Loncong, Lontjong, Orang Laut, Sawang, Seka, Sekah
Population

420 (2000), decreasing. Late 19th century population 1,600 to 3,000.

Location

Sumatra, Bangka-Belitung Province. 2 coastal enclaves, northeast Bangka island; Lepar, Liat, Mendanau, and others between Bangka and Belitung. Some possible on nearby coast, South Sumatra Province.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lexically and phonologically distinct from the Belitung dialect of Malay [zlm] and other Sea Tribe varieties. Lexically most similar to Bintan Orang Laut Malay [zlm] dialect.

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Orang Sawang, sea people. Southernmost of dozens of Malayic-speaking Orang Laut, sea tribe, groups ranging from the waters of Thailand through the Riau archipelago and Bangka and Belitung. Traditional religion.