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Ida'an language

Native to Malaysia
Region Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, and Sandakan districts of Sabah
Native speakers
10,000  (2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dbj
Glottolog idaa1241[2]
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The Ida'an (also Idahan) language is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by the Ida'an people of Sabah, Malaysia.

Begak dialect is threatened with extinction, as younger speakers are switching to Malay.


Collection of words in English and translation in Ida'an, Bisaya and Adang Murut (Lun Bawang) in 1860 by Spencer St.John.


Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e ə o
Low a


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop Voiceless p t k ʔ
Voiced b d ɡ
Affricate Voiceless
Fricative s
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral l
Trill r
Semivowel w j


  1. ^ Ida’an at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ida'an". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Goudswaard, Nelleke Elisabeth (2005). The Begak (Ida'an) Language of Sabah. Utrecht Institute of Linguistics / LOT Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistic. ISBN 90-76864-73-X.