Murut, Serudung

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Serudong, Suudung, Tawau Murut, Tawou Murut
Population

400 (2015 J. Rushing), decreasing. Ethnic population: 1,000 (2015 J. Rushing).

Location

Sabah: Tawau district, along Serudung river, 1 village near Tawau town.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 63% with Kalabakan Murut [kve], 52% with Selungai Murut [slg], and less than 60% with Tagal [mvv] and Sembakung [sbr] Murut languages. Very low intelligibility with Northern Tidung [ntd] (Moody and Walton 1984: 132).

Language Use

Home, Friends, Work; Mixed use: Religion. Some children and adolescents; all adults and elderly. Positive attitudes. Many also use Sabah Malay [msi]. A few also use Standard Malay [zsm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% in Standard Malay [zsm].
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Christian.

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