Pekal

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A language of Indonesia

Population

L1 users: 30,000 (2000 census).

Location

Sumatera Selatan and Bengkulu provinces: northeast of Ipuh town to Tembesi river, to Argamakmur area south.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Related to Minangkabau [min] with Rejang influences [rej]. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

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

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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.

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