Bidayuh, Bau

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Bau-Jagoi, Jaggoi, Jagoi, Sarawak Dayak
Population

L1 users: 29,200 (2000 census).

Location

Sarawak: Kuching division, about 50 villages on Lundu, Sadong, and Samarahan Lundu rivers.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Grogo (Grogoh), Stenggang Jagoi, Krokong, Gumbang, Serambau (Serambo, Serambu), Empawa, Assem, Singai (Bisingai, Singgai, Singgi, Singgie, Singhi), Suti, Tengoh, Dongay, Taup (Tahup). Gumbang may be more closely related to Tringgus-Sembaan [trx]. Lexical similarity: 69% with Bukar Sadong [sdo], 53% between Bukar Sadong and Singai dialect.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults.

Language Development
Community-run play schools. Radio.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], developed in about 2005.

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