|Native to||Brunei, Malaysia|
|Ethnicity||Bruneian Malay, Kedayan|
|400,000 in Brunei (2014)
Perhaps 60,000 in Malaysia (2014)
Area where Brunei Malay language were spoken
Brunei Malay (Bahasa Melayu Brunei), or Kedayan (Kadaian), sometimes conflated as Brunei-Kadaian, is the national language of Brunei and a lingua franca in parts of East Malaysia. It is not the official language of Brunei, which is standard Malay, but is socially dominant and is replacing minority languages. It is quite divergent from standard Malay and is mostly mutually unintelligible with it.
Dialects are Brunei Malay, Kedayan, and Kampong Ayer, which are all close. The name Brunei Malay is used for the numerically and politically dominant Brunei people, who traditionally lived on water. Kedayan is the used for the land-dwelling farmers, and Kampong Ayer is used for the inhabitants of the river in and north of the capital.
Brunei Malay has a three-vowel system, with the merger of /a/ and /ə/. Final /k/ is released, and there is a non-phonemic glottal stop at the ends of vowel-final words.
- "Kedia atu bini-bini." = She is a lady.
- "Sudah ko makan?" = Have you eaten?
- "Awda mendapat cabutan bertuah" = You received a lucky draw.
- "Ko" = You ( short version of Malay Standard 'Kau' )
- "Awda" = (A combination of AWang and DAyang (Equivalent to Mr. and Miss)) = You. Generally used to address the public.
- "Bini-bini" = lady ("bini" is also used in Malaysian Malay, bini however means wife. However in Malaysian and Singaporean Malay, this is not considered a polite word either refer to someone's wife or to refer to one's own wife to friends, relatives, strangers etc. In Malaysia and Singapore, the word ' isteri ' is used in polite company. 'Orang Rumah' is also acceptable, the term literally means ' Person of the House'. In Indonesia, 'istri' is used. )
- "Baiktah" ("Baik saja" in Malay) = might as well
- "tarus" = straight ahead, immediately
- "Kitani" = We ( might be corrupted from ' Kita Ini ' - meaning ' Us Here ' in Malay )
- "Karang" = later
- "Ani" = this (' ini 'in Malay Standard)
- "Awu" = yes
- "Inda" = no
- "Kita" = us (might be referring to older person as ' you ')
The vocabulary of Brunei Malay has been collected and published by several western explorers in Borneo including Pigafetta in 1521, De Crespigny in 1872, Charles Hose in 1893, A. S. Haynes in 1900, Sidney H. Ray in 1913, H. B. Marshall in 1921, and G. T. MacBryan in 1922, and some Brunei Malay words are included in "A Malay-English Dictionary" by R. J. Wilkinson.
- Brunei Malay at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Brunei Malay". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Such as the Federal Territory of Labuan, District of Limbang and Lawas (Sarawak) and District of Sipitang, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Papar (Sabah).
- Gallop, 2006. "Brunei Darussalam: Language Situation". In Keith Brown, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2 ed.). Elsevier. ISBN 0-08-044299-4.
- Wurm, Mühlhäusler, & Tryon, Atlas of languages of intercultural communication in the Pacific, Asia and the Americas, 1996:677
- Sabah Malay pidgin reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
- Uhlenbeck 1958, p. 8.
- Sidhu 2009, p. 283.
- De Crespigny, C. 1872. On Northern Borneo. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society XVI. 171-187.       
- Haynes, A. S. “A List of Brunei-Malay words.” JSBRAS 34 ( July 1900): 39—48. 
- Hose, Charles. No. 3. "A Journey up the Baram River to Mount Dulit and the Highlands of Borneo". The Geographical Journal. No. 3. VOL. I. (March, 1893)
- MacBryan, G.T. 1922. Additions to a vocabulary of Brunei-Malay. JSBRAS. 86:376-377. 
- Marshall, H.B. and Moulton, J.C. 1921, "A vocabulary of Brunei Malay", in Journal of the Straits Branch, Royal Asiatic Society.   
- Marshall, H.B. 1921. A vocabulary of Brunei Malay. JSBRAS. 83:45-74.
- Ray, Sidney H. 1913. The Languages of Borneo. The Sarawak Museum Journal. 1,4:1-196.
- Roth, Henry Ling. 1896. The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo. 2 vols. London: Truslove and Hanson. Rep. 1980. Malaysia: University of Malaya Press.  VOL I.  VOL II. VOL II.  
- Brunei Malay
- Lexicography in Brunei Darussalam: An Overview
- Majority and minority language planning in Brunei Darussalam
- Dominant Language Transfer in Minority Language Documentation Projects: Some Examples from Brunei