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)

O Taman kai luk bang surga, dó ngadan-Mu uen ngerayeh. Idi imet-Mu uen ngaching, idi luk pian-Mu mangun bang taná kudeng bang surga. Maré nekai acho sini akan luk petap. Idi maré dó ratnan amung-amung baleh kai mepad kudeng kai pangeh nemaré ddó ratnan amung-amung baleh dulun. Idi aleg nguit nekai amé bang luk nutun, iamdó muit nekai ratnan luk dat. Amen. Ngacheku Iko luk kuan imet idi lalud idi rayeh maching ruked-ruked peh. Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory, are Yours now and forever. Amen.
(Matthew 6:9-13)

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

Page created: 02.08.21. Last modified: 29.06.22


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