Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

The status of Remun language in Iban speaking environment, Sarawak


Remmy Anak Gedat 1,  Chong Shin 2

Recieved Date: 2018-07-20, Accepted Date: 2018-09-27


In Sarawak, Remun and Iban language exhibits high linguistic similarity. Sometimes, Remun tribe is also labelled as “Remun Iban” by the locals. Previous linguistic research on Remun were merely focused on the elaboration of its  language attitude and choices by the villagers. This study applied comparative method to identify the linguistic differences among the Remun and Iban. The results of analysis show that the Remun and Iban exhibited the differences of consonant “-r” and “-s”, particularly at the word final position, as well as several remarkable vocabulary differences. This study also found that the Remun is gradually levelled by the Iban. Nevertheless, they still try to maintain their identity as “Remun” rather than as “Iban”. The authors used the Iban migration history and the “masuk Melayu” (embrace Islam and become “Malay”) phenomenon in Western Borneo to discuss this issue.


Remun, Iban, Ibanic, language, identity

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2018
Volume: 16
Issue: 3&4
Category: Environment
Pages: 69-73

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