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.
Information compiled by Michael Peter Füstumum
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)
Kadazandusun Language Foundation
Kadazandusun Cultural Association
Page last modified: 23.04.21
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