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A language of Malaysia (Sarawak)

ISO 639-3snv

Population  1,110 in Malaysia (2000). Population total all countries: 1,960.
Region  Northeast on Kalimantan border, 4th Division, south of Ramudu, Upper Baram, Long Banga’, Long Puak, Long Peluan. Also in Indonesia (Kalimantan).
Language map  Brunei and Malaysia - Sarawak, reference number 75
Alternate names   Merau, used in Kalimantan
Dialects  Apparently there was a dialect chain in Bahau area (Kalimantan); now a Long Banga’ dialect is developing. In Kalimantan, those living in Tang La’an are influenced by Krayan (Kelabit) [kzi] dialects.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, North Borneo, North Sarawakan, Dayic, Kelabitic
Language use  Vigorous. All ages. In Kalimantan, some Sa’ban parents use Indonesian [ind] with their children.
Language development  Bible portions: 1969.

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Indonesia (Kalimantan)

Language name   Sa’ban
Population  850 in Indonesia (2000).
Region  East Kalimantan Province, Nunukan Regency, Sarawak border, south of Lundayeh.
Language map  Indonesia, Kalimantan, reference number 55
Alternate names  Saban, Merau
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