Kenyah, Mainstream

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Highland Kenyah, Usun Apau Kenyah
Population

L1 users: 12,000 (2007 A. Soriente), decreasing. No monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 52,000.

Location

Kalimantan Timur and Kalimantan Utara provinces: Batu Kajang, Long Belua, Long Setulang, Long Uli, and Pimping villages; Djempang area enclave, Melintang, and Semajang; on Bahau, upper Balui, upper Baram, Belayan, Kayan, Kelai, Mahakam, Malinau, Segah, and Telen rivers.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lepo’ Tau, Lepo’ Bem, Uma’ Jalan, Uma’ Tukung, Lepo’ Ke, Lepo’ Kuda, Lepo’ Maut, Lepo’ Ndang, Badeng, Bakung, Lepo’ Tepu’.

Language Use

Vigorous. Used as L2 by Uma’ Lasan [xky], Uma’ Lung [ulu], Wahau Kenyah [whk].

Language Development
Literature. NT: 1978.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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