Minangkabau is a Malayic language with about 8.5 million speakers
in West and North Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu and Aceh in
Indonesia, and in Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia. There are a
number of dialects of Minangkabau in the different areas
where it's spoken. The most common dialect used among
Minangkabau people to communicate with Minangkabau speakers
from different areas is the Agam-Tanah Datar dialect (Baso Padang or
Baso Urang Awak "our (people's) language").
Minangkabau is currently written with the Latin alphabet, but used to be
written with a version of the Arabic alphabet.
Sample text in Minangkabau
Sadonyo manusia dilahiakan mardeka dan punyo martabat sarato hak-hak nan samo.
Mareka dikaruniai aka jo hati nurani, supayo satu samo lain bagaul sarupo urang
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)