Spoken L1 Language: Central Malay

Subclassification references
Comments on subclassification

Karl Anderbeck 2012 Asmah Haji Omar 1985

AES status:
not endangered
David M. Eberhard and Gary F. Simons and Charles D. Fennig 2024
Malay (zlm-zlm) = 3 (Wider communication). Originated in Sumatra; spoken throughout southeast Asia. With the advent of Islam, Malay became widespread in the 15th and 16th centuries. Lingua franca for Malaysia’s multiethnic population. Used in trade, literature, and story telling.
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