Bajaw language

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Native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Region coastal areas of the Sulu Sea, Sulawesi, and the Maluku Islands
Ethnicity Bajau
Native speakers
ca. 250,000  (2000–2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
bdl – Sulawesi
bdr – Sabah West Coast
sjm – Mapun

Bajaw is the language of the Bajaw 'Sea Gypsies'[disambiguation needed] of Maritime Southeast Asia. Differences exist between the language's varieties in western Sabah, Cagayan in the southern Philippines (= Mapun Bajaw/Sama), eastern Sabah, and Sulawesi/Maluku, but it is not clear how many languages these would be based on mutual intelligibility.


  1. ^ Sulawesi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Sabah West Coast at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Mapun at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)