Pekal

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A language of Indonesia

Population

30,000 (2000 census).

Location

South Sumatra and Bengkulu provinces. West coast, near northern provincial border; northeast of Ipuh town to Tembesi river, to near Argamakmur town south.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Related to Minangkabau [min] with Rejang influences [rej].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village. All ages. Positive attitudes. Use Indonesian [ind] for civics and religion.

Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

See themselves as Malay culturally and linguistically, not Minangkabau [min], though Pekal has Minangkabau influences. Neither Minangkabau nor Malay readily understand Pekal, due to lexical and phonological distinctiveness. Muslim.