Melanau, Central

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Belana’u, Milanau, Milano
Population

113,000 in Malaysia (2000 census). Population total all countries: 113,280.

Location

Sarawak, 3rd division, Rejang delta coastal area to Balingian river. Also in Brunei.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

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

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Local Malay [zlm].

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

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