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Multilingualism among the Penan of Brunei

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Sercombe


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This article considers multilingualism among a group of ex-hunter-gatherers, the Penan in Brunei. Settled permanently since 1962, this small community of 55 people inhabit the sparsely populated subdistrict of Sukang in southern Brunei, the Penan constituting the smallest ethnic minority in the country. The article is primarily an ethnographic account, but also explains some of the reasons underlying causes of Penan’s patterns of language knowledge and use.

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Author(s): Sercombe PG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Bilingualism

Year: 2003

Volume: 7

Issue: 2

Pages: 153-175

ISSN (print): 1367-0069

ISSN (electronic): 1756-6878

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/13670069030070020301


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