Malayic Dayak

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bamayo, Bumayoh
Population

520,000 (Wurm and Hattori 1981). 300 Tapitn, 100,000 Banana’, 100,000 Kayung, 200,000 Delang, 10,000 Semitau, 10,000 Suhaid, 20,000 Mentebah-Suruk.

Location

Widespread. Eastern West Kalimantan and west Central Kalimantan provinces. Semitau, Suhaid, and Mentebah-Suruk dialects: southeast of Kapuas river, from Sintang to Putus Sibau towns; Banana and Tapitn dialects: area bounded by Singakawang, Bengkayang, Darit, and Sungairaya towns; Kayung and Delang dialects: area bounded by Sandai, Muarakayang, Pembuanghulu, Sukamara, and Sukaraja towns.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Arut (Sukarame), Banana’, Belantikan (Sungkup), Delang, Kayung (Kayong), Lamandau (Landau Kantu), Melahui, Mentebah-Suruk, Pangin, Payak, Riam (Nibung Terjung), Sekakai, Semitau, Serawai, Silat, Suhaid, Sukamara (Kerta Mulya), Tamuan, Tapitn, Tebidah, Tomun, Undau. Listed dialects form a chain and may constitute 3 or more languages. Related to Keninjal [knl].

Other Comments

Serawai dialect different from the Serawai dialect of Central Malay [pse] in Sumatra. The term Malayic Dayak is misleading (would better be termed Dayak Malayic (Collins 2003) and not linguistically based. However, it is not yet clear what linguistic label(s) should replace it. Muslim, Christian.