Lun Bawang (Buri’ Lun Bawang)

Lun Bawang is a member of the North Bornean branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 23,000 people in the Sesayap river area of North Kalimantan province in Indonesia. There are 24,000 speakers in Malaysia, mainly in the Lawas, Limbang and Tawau districts of Sarawak, and in the Keningau and Sipitang districts of Sabah. There are also about 500 speakers in the Temburong district of Brunei.

Lun Bawang is also known as Lundayeh, Buri tau, Lun Daya, Lun Dayah, Lun Daye, Lun Dayeh, Lun Dayoh, Lundaya Putuk or Southern Murut. Dialects include Lun Daye, Papadi and Lun Bawang.

Lun Bawang can be written with the Latin alphabet. The first published work in Lun Bawang was a 1982 translation of the Bible. A dictionary of Lun Bawang was published in 2006.

Latin alphabet for Lun Bawang

Latin alphabet for Lun Bawang

Download alphabet charts for Lun Bawang (Excel)

Details of the Lunbawang alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Idi kebala Yésus nedeh, “Kareb muyuh sembayang, do' muyuh mala, ‘O Ama' luk bang surga: Do' ngadanMu uen ngerayeh; idi ImetMu uen ngacing bang tana'.
  2. Maré nekai akan luk petap anid-anid aco.
  3. Maré do' ratnan amung-amung sala'kai, ngaceku kai pana' maré do' kuan anid-anid burur luk mesala' pa kiung kai. Idi aleg nguit nekai amé' bang luk nutun.’ ”



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Sample videos in and about Lun Bawang

Information about Lun Bawang | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about Lun Bawang

Bornean languages

Bonggi, Ida’an, Kadazandusun, Kelabit, Lun Bawang, Melanau, Rejang

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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