Bajaw (Bajo)

Bajaw is a member of the Sama-Bajaw branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 260,000 people in in the southern Philippines, eastern Malaysia and eastern Indonesia.

Bajaw is also known Bajau, Bajo, Bahasa Bajau or Bahasa Sama-Bajau. There are three main dialects: West Coast Bajau, Indonesian Bajau and Mapun.

Bajaw has a rich oral tradition, however it is rarely written. There are several ways to write it with the Latin alphabet developed by linguists and native speakers of the language.

Bajaw alphabet and pronunciation

Bajaw alphabet and pronunciation

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Information about Bajaw

Sama-Bajaw languages

Bajaw, Central Sinama, Inabaknon, Yakan

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 04.01.21. Last modified: 04.01.22


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