Kenyah, Mainstream

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Highland Kenyah, Usun Apau Kenyah
Population

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

Location

Scattered highland areas, Kalimantan Timur and Kalimantan Utara provinces; enclave in foothills area near Djempang, Melintang, and Semajang, northeast of Samarinda: Kayan, Mahakam, Upper Baram, Bahau, Upper Balui, Malinau, Belayan, Segah, Kelai, and Telen river areas, Pimping, Long Setulang, Batu Kajang, Long Uli, and Long Belua villages.

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
NT: 1978.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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