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.