Minangkabau

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Minang, Padang
Population

5,530,000 (2007). 500,000 in Jakarta.

Location

Widespread in the Indonesian Archipelago; Sumatra island, Indian ocean coast, Sumatera Barat Province, Padang is central area; nearly half live outside central Sumatra; Sumatera Selantan, west coast Mukomuko area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Agam, Aneuk Jamee (Jamee), Batu Sangkar-Pariangan, Kerinci-Minangkabau, Orang Mamak, Pajokumbuh, Pancuang Soal (Muko-Muko), Penghulu, Si Junjung, Singkarak, Tanah, Ulu. Not intelligible with Indonesian [ind]. Pekal [pel] may be intelligible with Minangkabau. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools in grades 1 and 2. Newspapers. Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).