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

East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan 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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