Bisaya, Sabah

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Basaya, Besaya, Bisaia, Bisayah, Jilama Bawang, Jilama Sungai
Population

Ethnic population: 15,800 (2000).

Location

Sabah, north Brunei Bay coast area, mainly west Beaufort along Padas river, south of Weston; south Kuala Penyu district to the coast.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

90% intelligibility of Tatana [txx]. Lexical similarity: with dialects of Brunei Bisaya [bsb]: 58% with Sarawak dialect and 57%–59% with Brunei dialect.

Language Use

Neutral attitudes.

Language Development
Bible portions: 1938.
Writing
Latin script, no longer in use.