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Rejang language (Sumatra)

Native to Indonesia
Region Southwestern Sumatra
Native speakers
350,000  (2000 census)[1]
Rejang script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 rej
Glottolog reja1240[2]

Rejangese is spoken by the Rejangese people in Bengkulu, Indonesia. There are five major dialects.


Rejangese is not obviously close to other Malayo-Polynesian languages. McGinn (2009) classified it among the Bidayuh languages of Borneo, closest to Bukar Sadong.[3] It may be that it is related to the newly described language Nasal, but that is speculative at this point.[4]


  1. ^ Rejang at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Rejang". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ McGinn, Richard (2009) "Out-of-Borneo subgrouping hypothesis for Rejangese".[1] In Adelaar & Pawley, eds, Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history
  4. ^ [2]

External links

  • "Archive of Materials for the Study of the Rejangese of Sumatra" ;
  • Rejangese in Unicode Table
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