Journal article

Mah Meri

Nicole Kruspe, John Hajek

JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ASSOCIATION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009

Abstract

Mah Meri ( mã?m∂ri) belongs to the Aslian branch of Mon-Khmer within the Austroasiatic family. It is classified as a Southern Aslian language, along with Semelai, Semoq Beri and Temoq (Benjamin 1976). Mah Meri is spoken by the Mah Meri ethnic group in scattered settlements along the south-west coast of the Malay peninsula stretching from Port Kelang to Bukit Bangkong, Sepang in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. The island of Sumatra lies a short distance away across the Malacca Strait. The Mah Meri language, which may have as many as 2,185 speakers, has no written tradition and is highly endangered. © 2009 International Phonetic Association.

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