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Kelabit

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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

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