Mentawai
Behase Mentawei
Native toWest Sumatra, Indonesia
RegionMentawai Islands
Native speakers
58,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mwv
Glottologment1249

The Mentawai language is an Austronesian language, spoken by the Mentawai people of the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Dialects

According to Ethnologue, Mentawai dialects include: Silabu, Sipura – Simalegi, Sakalagan, Saumanganja – North Siberut, South Siberut – Taikaku – Pagai.[1]

Syamsir Arifin, et al. (1992) list twelve dialects of Mentawai:

Dialects in Siberut Island are:[2]

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive/
Affricate
voiceless p t (t͡ɕ) k
voiced b d d͡ʑ ɡ
Fricative s
Lateral l
Rhotic r
Semivowel w j

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a

References

  1. ^ a b Mentawai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Findresults.site".
  3. ^ Arifin, Malano & Kasim (1992)

Bibliography