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Kayan language (Borneo)

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Native to  Indonesia, Malaysia
Ethnicity  Kayan people
Region  Borneo
Native speakers  (35,000 cited 1981–2007)
Language family  Austronesian Malayo-Polynesian Kayan–Murik Modang–Kayan Kayan
ISO 639-3  Variously: xay – Kayan Mahakam kys – Baram Kayan bfg – Busang Kayan xkn – Kayan River Kayan xkd – Mendalam Kayan ree – Rejang Kayan whu – Wahau Kayan bhv – Bahau

Kayan (Kajan, Kayan proper) is a dialect cluster spoken by the Kayan people of Borneo. It is a cluster of closely related dialects with limited mutual intelligibility, and is itself part of the Kayan-Murik group of Austronesian languages.

Baram Kayan is a local trade language. Bahau is part of the dialect cluster, but is not ethnically Kayan.

References

Kayan language (Borneo) Wikipedia


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