Bidayuh, Bau

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Bau-Jagoi, Jaggoi, Jagoi, Sarawak Dayak
Population

29,200 (2000 census).

Location

Sarawak, Bau, 1st Division, Sadong, Samarahan, and Lundu rivers. About 50 villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Assem, Dongay, Empawa, Grogo (Grogoh), Gumbang, Krokong, Serambau (Serambo, Serambu), Singai (Bisingai, Singgai, Singgi, Singgie, Singhi), Stenggang Jagoi, Suti, Taup (Tahup), Tengoh. Gumbang may be more closely related to Tringgus-Sembaan [trx]. Lexical similarity: 69% with Bukar Sadong [sdo], 53% between Bukar Sadong and Singai dialect.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults.

Language Development
Community-run play schools. Radio programs.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], developed in about 2005.