Kinabatangan, Upper

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Sungai Milian
Population

500 Dusun Segama and 800–900 Sinabu’ (1985 SIL). Ethnic population: 5,000 (2000 SIL).

Location

Sabah, primarily upper reaches of Kinabatangan river; Lahad Datu and Sandakan districts, Maligatan, Minusu, and Tongud.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Dusun Segama (Saga-i, Segai, Soghai), Kalabuan (Kolobuan), Makiang, Sinabu’ (Sinabu). Dialects have approximately 87% mutual intelligibility. Lexical similarity: over 90% among all dialects, 80% with Makiang and Sinabu’.

Language Development
Bible portions: 1984–1995.
Writing
Latin script, developed in about 1984 till 2004.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.