Bisaya, Brunei


A language of Brunei

Alternate Names
Basaya, Bekiau, Besaya, Bisaia, Bisaya Bukit, Bisayah, Dusun, Jilama Bawang, Jilama Sungai, Lorang Bukit, Southern Bisaya, Tutong 1, Visayak

37,600 in Brunei (2007 SIL). Population total all countries: 57,600.


Central and interior Belait and Tutong districts, south of Tutong [ttg] language area; Brunei dialect around Seria town and a few villages near Sarawak border. Also in Malaysia.

Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of national identity.


Brunei Bisaya, Sarawak Bisaya, Tutong 1. Lexical similarity: 78% with dialects spoken in Brunei and Sarawak, lower with other Dusunic languages.

Language Use

Also use Brunei [kxd].

Language Development
Radio programs. Bible portions: 1938.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Recognized indigenous group.

Also spoken in:

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