Introduction: Kedayan

Kedayan (ISO code ‘kxd’), also sometimes spelt Kadayan, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Kedayan people who live in the north of Borneo.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei [DBPB] (2006, p. xi) suggests that there about 30,000 speakers of Kedayan in Brunei Darussalam (henceforth Brunei) where traditionally they were the land-dwelling farmers, while Brunei Malays were more often fishermen (Martin & Poedjosoedarmo, 1996, p. 6). Quoting the President of the Kedayan Cultural Association in Sabah, Soderberg (2014) claims that there are a further 30,000 Kedayans in western Sabah and 30,000 more in eastern Sarawak.