Kerinci (Basê Kincai)

Kerinci is a Malayic language spoken in Jambi Province on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, mainly in Sungai Penuh City in the Kerinci Regency, and also in the Merangin and Bungo regencies, and in West Sumatara and Java. There are also Kerinci speakers in the states of Negeri Sembilan and Selangor in Malaysia, and in Bahrain. There are about 254,000 speakers in Kerinci in Indonesia, about 25,000 in Bahrain.

Kerinci is also known as Kinci or Kincai. Native speakers call it Baso Kinci or Baso Kincai. It has seven main dialects and many more sub-dialects which differ significantly from each other. Kerinci is closely related to the Minangkabau language.

Kerinci is normally written with Latin alphabet, however it also has its own script, the Incung script, which is used mainly for decorative purposes.

Kerinci alphabet

Kerinci alphabet

Sample text (Sungai Penuh dialect)

Sadou manusiò dilahe mardikê dan nahouh darjat ugê hak-hak ngan samò. Galou uhang dibêhòi akang nga atei dan musti ideuk basamò uhang laain sarupò uhang badusanak.


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)

Sample video in Kerinci

Information about Kerinci | Numbers


Information about the Kerinci

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Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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