Penan, Western

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Nibon, Nibong, “Punan” (pej.)
Population

3,400 (2007 SIL).

Location

Sarawak, Kapit Division, upper Baram and Balui rivers, Mount Dulit area, 3 villages; Nibong branch of Lobong river, a tributary of Tinjar river.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Nibong, Bok Penan (Bok), Penan Silat, Penan Gang (Gang), Penan Lusong (Lusong), Penan Apo, Sipeng (Speng), Penan Lanying, Jelalong Penan. Not closely related to other languages.

Language Development
NT: 1974.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditionalists are nomadic and seminomadic.

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