Kelabit

Facts

  • Language: Kelabit
  • Alternate names: Kalabit, Kerabit
  • Language code: kzi
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, North Borneo, North Sarawakan, Dayic, Kelabitic
  • Number of speakers: 4000
  • Script:

Introduction

Kelabit is a language of Malaysia. It is spoken in North Sarawak, highest and most remote Borneo mountains, Bario highlands. Also in Indonesia.

Dialects

Brung, Lepu Potong, Libbung, Long Lellang, Long Peluan, Pa’ Dalih, Pa’ Umor (spoken in Bario), Tabun.

The Kelabit Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteŋetep, ŋ-ubit
to blowŋ-iup
to breatheniat
to burnnunuh, nutud
to buybelih
to chewmepaʔ
to choosemiliʔ
to climbmenad, t-em-uked, umak
to comemarih
to cooknanek
to countŋ-inam
to crynaŋé
to cut, hackŋeteb
to die, be deadmaté
to dignukat
to dreammupih
to drinkm-irup
to eatkuman
to falltutuʔ
to feartaʔut
to flowm-anud
to flyt-em-ulud
to grow[mulun]
to hearniŋer
to hideperiŋapuŋ
to hitmupuʔ
to holdŋ-imet
to huntŋe-raad
to killŋaté
to know, be knowledgeablekeliʔ, ŋeliʔo
to laughriruh
to lie downselubid
to live, be alivem-ulun
to open, uncoverŋ-ukab
to plantnibu
to pound, beatnutuk
to saymala
to scratchŋaro
to seeniʔer
to sewme-deket
to shootmadil
to sittudo
to sleeprudap
to sniff, smellmuen
to spitŋe-lidʰaʔ
to splitbilaʔ, nepak
to squeezemerek
to stab, piercenebʰek
to standmudur
to stealmeno
to suckm-itiʔ, nuʔut
to swellbaraʔ
to swiml-em-aŋuy
to thinkŋe-linuh
to thrownelaʔ, nutuk
to tie up, fastenŋ-abet
to turnr-em-ier
to walknalan
to vomitŋ-utaʔ
to worklatiʔ
to yawnm-uab, ŋ-uab