Ida’an is a member of the North Bornean branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 10,000 people in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo in Malaysia, particularly in the districts of Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan and Sandakan in northern Sabah.
The oldest known text in Ida’an dates from 1408 AD and was written in the Jawi script, a version of the Arabic script. It is now written with the Latin alphabet. It is used in literature and the media, and also in schools.
Ida’an is also known as Bulud Upi, Eraans, Idaan, Idahan, Idan or Idayan. There are three dialects, Ida’an, Begak and Subpan.
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