A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Palembang, Palembangnese, Sekayu

3,105,000 (2000 census).


South Sumatra Province, Musi river upstream to Bukit Barisan mountains, downstream to eastern coastal swamplands.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).


Belide, Burai, Coastal Malay, Kelingi, Lematang Ilir, Meranjat, Musi Sekayu, Palembang Lama, Pegagan, Penesak, Penukal, Rawas; Palembang. A mutually-intelligible dialect chain stretching along the Musi River with 2 subgroups: Musi and Palembang.

Language Use

People from other language groups such as the Komering [kge] and the Col [liw] in South Sumatra Province learn enough Urban Palembang dialect to use it as a trade language. Home, village, market, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind]; a few use English [eng].

Language Development
Not currently a written language. Preference is for Indonesian for educational and religious materials. Preference is for L1 for cultural stories and songs. Mixed preference for health and agricultural materials. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar.
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