My father hails from Kampung Selat, Layang-Layang Kiri near the town of Parit in Perak. Parit is of course a smallish town located on the bank of Sungai Perak. Those people residing in the areas surrounding Parit, an area stretching from Tanjung Belanja right down to Kampung Gajah on both sides of the Sungai Perak, is loosely called "Orang Parit".
They are quite distinctive in the dialect of Malay language they use in daily conversation. For example, many words ending in the vowel 'a' would not take the sound of 'a' as in bahasa baku, nor the 'a' as it would sound in the Johor dialect for the word "apa". Instead "apa" would sound more like "ape" wherein the 'e' here would make the second syllable sound like the English word"pair".
Where does this unique dialect originates from? Why is it so different from even other dialects in Perak? How did it evolve to be so? Was it an influence from abroad, i.e. maybe the forefathers of the people here came from across the Straits of Malacca?
I do not have the answers as I am not a linguist nor an anthropologist. But those questions really do raise the curiosity and interest in me. Does anybody know where I can find some answers?