Gana

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Gana’, Ganaq, Ganna, Keningau Dusun, Minansut
Population

250 (Pugh-Kitingan 2013), decreasing. Ethnic population: 2,000 (Pugh-Kitingan 2013).

Location

Sabah: Keningau district, Minansut and Kuangoh in Bingkor, along Baiaya river, a tributary of Pegalan river, north of Keningau town.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

People seldom use Gana. There has been considerable intermarriage between Gana and Kuijau Dusun [dkr], a much larger group. This may explain why many of the Gana consider themselves as Dusun rather than Murut. Mixed use: Home, Friends. Some older adults and elderly. Mixed attitudes. All also use Sabah Malay [msi]. Most also use Kuijau [dkr]. Many also use Kadazan Dusun [dtp], Standard Malay [zsm]. Some also use English [eng], Keningau Murut [kxi].

Language Development
Agency: Gana Cultural Association.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax], occasional incipient use of Latin script.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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