Minangkabau

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Minang, Padang
Population

L1 users: 5,530,000 (2007). 500,000 in Jakarta. Ethnic population: 6,463,000 (2011 census).

Location

Sumatera Barat province; Bengkulu province: west coast Mukomuko area. Sumatra island, Indian Ocean coast, Padang is central area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Agam, Pajokumbuh, Tanah, Si Junjung, Batu Sangkar-Pariangan, Singkarak, Pancuang Soal (Muko-Muko), Orang Mamak, Ulu, Kerinci-Minangkabau, Aneuk Jamee (Jamee), Penghulu. Not intelligible with Indonesian [ind]. Pekal [pel] may be intelligible with Minangkabau. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools in grades 1 and 2. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. Grammar. NT: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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