Kadazandusun is spoken in the state of Sabah in the north of Borneo
in Malaysia by about 500,000 people. It is a member of the North Bornean
branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. Kadazandusun refers
to the form of language standardised by the Kadazandusun Cultural
Association of Sabah, which is based on the Bundu-liwan dialect spoken
in Bundu and Liwan. This dialect is more or less mutally intelligible
with other Dusun (Boros Dusun) and Kadazan dialects.
During the 20th century there has been a language shift from
Kadazandusun to Malay, and the authorities in Sabah have introduced
policies which aim to slow this. Kadazandusun is now taught in schools
in Sabah, and there are moves to give the language official status.
Sample text in Kadazandusun
Nosusu no do tuhun ngaavi i koidu om kopiagahan doid kotinguhan om
sanganu. Kikasaavan om topiumanan ginavo zioho om minooi o tumindak
id piahatan do iso suvai do sunduvan i kopiobpinazan.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)