Acehnese is a member of the Chamic branch of Malayo-Polynesian
languages and is spoken in Aceh in Sumatra in Indonesia by about
3.5 million people. Acehnese is closely related to other Chamic
language such as Jarai and Cham, which are spoken in Cambodia
and Vietnam, and also to Minangkabau, Gayo and Batak. The name of
the language has also been spelled as Achinese, Achehnese and Atjehnese.
Acehnese was formerly written with the Arabic alphabet but is
now written with the Latin alphabet.
I am not sure exactly how the vowel sounds are represented in writing.
There appears to be some variation in Acehnese texts. If anybody can
clarify this, please contact me.
Sample text in Acehnese
Bandum ureuëng lahé deungon meurdéhka, dan
deungon martabat dan hak njang saban. Ngon akai geuseumiké,
ngon haté geumeurasa, bandum geutanjoë lagèë
sjèëdara. Hak dan keumuliaan.
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)