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Malay, Sabah

A language of Malaysia (Sabah)

ISO 639-3msi

Population  No estimate available.
Alternate names   Bazaar Malay, Pasar Malay
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayo-Sumbawan, North and East, Malayic, Malay
A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa] (Malaysia).
Language use  Trade language of Sabah. A few L1 speakers in urban areas, especially children of parents who have other L1s. Used mainly as contact language, so not yet fully developed. Speakers shift to other languages to fill in expressions in domains where Sabah Malay is lacking. If the only form of Malay a person knows is Sabah Malay, there will be difficulty understanding Standard Malay [zsm] in other domains.
Language development  Dictionary.
Comments  May be a dialect of Brunei [kxd]. ‘Bazaar Malay’ refers to many regional nonstandard Malay varieties. SVO. Agriculturalists: wet and dry rice, rubber, fruits, vegetables; fishermen; shopkeepers; small traders.
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