Kiput language

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RegionNorthern Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
Native speakers
(2,500 cited 1981)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kyi
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Kiput is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in northern Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.



Kiput has 8 monophthongs /i ɪ e u ʊ o ə a/, at least 12 diphthongs /iw ew uj oj əj əw aj aw iə̯ eə̯ uə̯ oə̯/ and two triphthongs /iə̯j iə̯w/.


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop Voiceless p t k ʔ
Voiced b d ɡ
Affricate Voiceless c
Voiced (ɟ)
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative f s h
Lateral l
Rhotic r
Semivowel w j


  1. ^ Kiput at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kiput". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Further reading[edit]

  • Blust, Robert (December 2002). "Kiput Historical Phonology". Oceanic Linguistics. 42 (2). doi:10.1353/ol.2002.0004.
  • Blust, Robert (2004). A short morphology, phonology and vocabulary of Kiput, Sarawak. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Ray, Sidney H. (1913). "The languages of Borneo". The Sarawak Museum Journal. 1 (4): 1–196.

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