Bunun

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A language of Taiwan

Alternate Names
Bubukun, Bunan, Bunti, Bunum, Vonun, Vunum, Vunun, Vunung
Autonym
Bunun
Population

38,000 (CIP-EY 2002). Ethnic population: 38,000.

Location

Chiayi, Hualien, Nantou, and Taitung counties; east central plain.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Randai, Tondai, Shibukun (Sibucoon, Sibukaun, Sibukun, Sivukun), North Bunun (Takebakha, Taketodo, Takibakha, Takitudu, Takituduh), Central Bunun (Takbanuao, Takbanuaz, Takevatan, Takivatan), South Bunun (Isbukun, Ishbukun), Takopulan.

Typology

VSO; case-marking (4 cases); aspect system; 14 consonants and 3 vowels; vowel length is phonemic; stress on the final syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Kanakanabu [xnb], Saaroa [sxr].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1964–1983.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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