Bidayuh, Biatah

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Bikuab, Kuap, Quop, Sentah
Population

63,900 in Malaysia (2000 census). Population total all countries: 72,380.

Location

Sarawak, 1st Division, Kuching district. 10 villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Siburan, Stang (Bisitaang, Sitaang), Tibia. Not intelligible with Bukar-Sadong Bidayuh [sdo], Salako [knx], or other Bidayuh varieties from Indonesia. Siburan is the prestige dialect. Lexical similarity: 71% with Singai dialect of Bau Bidayuh [sne].

Language Use

Some young people, all adults.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 45%. Radio programs. NT: 1963–2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], developed in about 1995.

Other Comments

‘Bidayuh’ is a cover term for all Sarawak Land Dayak groups, plus Salako. Ethnic autonym: Siburan.

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