Bonggi

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Bangay, “Banggi” (pej.), “Banggi Dusun” (pej.)
Population

Ethnic population: 5,000 (2015 T. Bin Imam Tuah).

Location

Sabah: Kudat district, Banggi and Balambangan islands. 15 villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Based on lexicostatistics, reported to be most similar to Molbog [pwm] of the Philippines (Smith 1984). Based on shared innovations, considered more closely related to Ida’an [dbj] (Blust 2010).

Language Use

Mixed use in Home, Friends, Religion, Work. Some children, all adults and elderly. Positive attitudes. Also use Mapun [sjm], Molbog [pwm], Sabah Malay [msi], Southern Sama [ssb]. Used as L2 by Molbog [pwm].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1992.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used from about 1987 to 2001.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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