Bajau, West CoastPrint
Ethnic population: 55,000 (2000 SIL).
West coast of Sabah, Kuala Penyu to Kudat, north, some east areas.
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] (Pallesen 1977). Less than 65% intelligibility with Southern Sama [ssb]. Papar dialect used in national broadcasting. May be more than 1 language.