Unless you have never learnt History/Local Studies during your school time, then you must have known that Sabah [and Sarawak too] is a very heterogeneous state. In this state, Kadazan-Dusun [KD] is the biggest ethnic group [700,000 people], but to be specific, it is actually made up by two different but related groups – Kadazan and Dusun. Under those two are an array of many sub-groups such as Paitan, Tindal, Lotud, Rungus, and Murut.
Okay, enough with that… the reason of that simple fact is because of this:
They’re examples of KD Language [Boros Kadazan-Dusun] articles in one of Sabahan daily newspapers, The Sabah Times. What’s interesting about the language is that it has no native phonemes for [e] and [ə], but has an extensive presence of [v] and [z] [especially for Kadazan languages].
Besides, there is actually no single KD language. Instead, your language/dialect depends on where you live and your sub-group, if I can say so. Of course with those many dialects, communications might be hard. A common language is needed. So, a new 'standardised language' is created and some KD children are now learning it in Sabahan schools.
I think it’s a beautiful language, but with less and less younger KD speakers, the language is dying. Perhaps it’s time to ponder on ourselves: when a language dies, millennia of great knowledge and culture are also taken away.
[P.S.: the meaning of the post’s title is ‘One Language, One Love, One Life. Cheers!’ Hahaha… [it feels like a slogan for promoting a language. Hahaha] well, not sure if the title’s right though. Perhaps, I might even mix both Kadazan and Dusun in it. Ngeheheh]