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The Dusun Language

Full Title : Peralihan Bahasa Minoriti di Negara Brunei Darussalam: Tinjauan Awal Terhadap Bahasa Dusun

Start Date : February 2011

Team members : Dr. Yabit Alas, Ak Haji Ashrol Rahimy Bin Pengiran Damit

Brief Outline

This project will focus on the Dusun language – one of the minority languages in Brunei Darussalam. The focus will be on Dusun teenagers who are the direct inheritors of their parents’ language. Language shift among them is quite common, as they prefer Malay or/and English. A number of factors are known to be contributing to these phenomena. This study will find the extent of the language shift and its implications towards: i) the future of Dusun language and ii) the language ecology of Brunei Darussalam.