Appell, George N.. The Dusun languages of northern Borneo: Rungus Dusun and related problems

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Title: The Dusun languages of northern Borneo: Rungus Dusun and related problems

Published in: Oceanic linguistics -- Vol. 7

Published By: Oceanic linguistics -- Vol. 7 [Honolulu, etc.]: [University Press of Hawaii], 1968. 1-15 p.: map

By line: G. N. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Identification (101); Location (131); Topography and geology (133); Reviews and critiques (114); Vocabulary (192); Linguistic identification (197);

Abstract: In this article G. N. Appell reviews the literature on Dusun languages and dialects. The problem is where does one draw the line between dialects, languages, and ethnic groups? For example, one researcher identified one 'Rungus' dialect group occupying the whole Kudat Peninsula. Appell says that there are actually four dialects represented on the Peninsula, including Rungus, along with Nulu, Gonsomon, and Tobilong. Appell claims that the original researcher had used a Rungus-speaking Nulu informant and uncritically accepted people's self-ascription as 'Rungus.' According to Appell, Rungus, Nulu, and Gonsomon form the Marudu Dusun language group, and are found on both sides of Marudu Bay, which separates the Kudat and Malobong Peninsulas. The Dusun language family includes Ranau, Bundu, Tambunan, Lotud, Penampang, Rungus, Labuk, and Mangkok. Other language groups besides Dusun in the state of Sabah are the Northern Murut languages, Southern Murut languages, and Bisaya. The appendix contains a listof 200 basic words.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: oc13-008

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 14-15)

Field Date: 1959-1963

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1880-1960

Coverage Place: Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Dusun (Bornean people)

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