20,000 in Malaysia (2015 L. Murang), decreasing. Ethnic population: 50,000 (2015 L. Rose). Total users in all countries: 22,000.
Sabah: Nabawan district, southern parts of Sipitang and Tenom districts, mainly along the Maligan, Padas (Tomani), Tolokoson, Tahol, and Salalir watersheds. Sarawak: Lawas district.
Rundum (Arundum), Tagal (North Borneo Murut, Sabah Murut, Taggal, Tagol, Tagul), Sumambu (Semambu, Semembu, Sumambuq), Tolokoson (Telekoson), Sapulot Murut (Sapulut Murut), Pensiangan Murut (Lagunan Murut, Pentjangan), Salalir (Sadalir, Saralir, Sedálir), Alumbis (Loembis, Lumbis), Tawan, Tomani (Tumaniq), Maligan (Bol Murut, Bole Murut, Mauligan, Meligan). Reportedly most similar to Paluan [plz].
The Tahol language seems to be widely used, even among young people. Home, Friends, Religion, Work; Mixed use: Education. Some children; all adults and elderly. Positive attitudes. Most also use Sabah Malay [msi]. Some also use Standard Malay [zsm]. A few also use English [eng], Hakka Chinese [hak], Kadazan Dusun [dtp], Timugon Murut [tih]. Used as L2 by Kadazan Dusun [dtp], Keningau Murut [kxi], Kolor [kqv], Paluan [plz], Selungai Murut [slg], Timugon Murut [tih].
Latin script [Latn], developed in about 1987.