Bengkulu Malay
Bahaso Bengkulu
RegionBengkulu Province, Sumatra
Native speakers
66,000 (ethnic population)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bke (retired); subsumed in pse (South Barisan Malay)
pse-ben Bengkulu, Bencoolen, Bengkulan

Bengkulu or Bengkulu Malay is a Malayic language spoken on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, around the city of Bengkulu, in the rest of the Indonesian province of Bengkulu and in the Pesisir Barat Regency ("west coast") of Lampung Province. It is more closely related to other Malay variants in Sumatra such as Col, Jambi Malay and Palembang Malay as well Minangkabau spoken in neighbouring West Sumatra than to the Rejang language, which is also spoken in the province.


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Bengkulu language using Latin alphabet and sometimes using Rejang script.


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stops p p - b b t t - d d c - j k k - ɡ g ʔ k (coda)
Nasals m m n n ɲ ny, n (before c/j) ŋ ng
Fricatives s s ɕ si (h h) (coda)
Lateral l l
Tap ɾ r
Semi-vowel j y w w

Letter F, SY, V and Z are used in loanwords of Indonesian.


Front Central Back
Close i i u u
Middle ɛ e/é ə e ɔ o
Open a~ɑ a

This language diphthongs are ai, au, ia and ua (where "ia" and "ua" used in loanwords).


  1. ^ "Bengkulu in Indonesia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 20 May 2019.