Melanau, Central

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Belana’u, Milanau, Milano
Population

113,000 in Malaysia (2000 census). Total users in all countries: 113,280.

Location

Sarawak, Mukah Division, Rejang delta coastal area to Balingian river.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Mukah-Oya (Muka, Mukah, Oga, Oya, Oya’), Balingian, Bruit, Dalat (Dalad), Igan, Sarikei, Segahan, Prehan, Segalang, Siteng. Balingian dialect is linguistically quite distinct from others.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Malay [zlm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Above 50%. Grammar.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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