Bajau, West Coast


A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Land Bajaw, West Coast Bajao, West Coast Bajaw

Ethnic population: 55,000 (2000 SIL).


West coast of Sabah, Kuala Penyu to Kudat, north, some east areas.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Banggi, Kawang, Kota Belud, Papar, Pitas Bajau, Putatan, Sandakan Bajau. More structural diversity than other Borneo languages. Related to but distinct from East Coast Bajau languages of Malaysia and the Philippines, and Indonesian Bajau [bdl] (1977 K. Pallesen). Less than 65% intelligibility with Southern Sama [ssb]. Papar dialect used in national broadcasting. May be more than 1 language.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Papar [dpp].

Language Development
Radio programs. Grammar.

Latin script [Latn], developed in about 1998.