Malay, Jambi


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Bahasa Melayu Jambi, Bahaso Daerah, Bahaso Dusun, Baso Jambi, Batin, Djambi, Jambi

1,000,000 (2000 census).


Bengkulu province: small area south of Lake Dipatipan; Jambi province: widespread; Riau province: Indragiri Hulu and Indragiri Hilir regencies; South Sumatra province: northern border area; all on southeast West Sumatra province: Pessisir Selantan regency border enclave.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Downstream Jambi Malay, Upstream Jambi Malay. Forms a network of related varieties with Minangkabau [min] west, Riau Malay [zlm] north, and Musi [mui] south (Anderbeck 2008). A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

As with many Malay varieties, gradually becoming more like Indonesian [ind]. Home, village. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind].


Latin script [Latn], not standardized.

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