Mah Meri

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Besisi, Cellate, Hma’ Btsisi’, Ma’ Betisek, “Orang Sabat” (pej.)
Population

2,990 (2003 COAC). Ethnic population: 3,680 (2008 JHEOA).

Location

Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, and Selangor: coastal areas; islands off the coasts.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Kuala Langot Besisi, Malakka Besisi, Ulu Langat Orang Bukit, Selangor Sakai, Betise’ (Betisek), Sisi.

Typology

30 consonants and 9 vowels; stress on final syllable.

Language Use

Most children are monolingual when they enter preschool at age four (Kruspe 2010). All also use Malay [zlm] (Bradley 2007a).

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

One dialect became extinct late 19th century, others have become extinct. Traditional religion.

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