Quantifiers in Kenyah Uma Baha
Uma Baha (also known as Uma Baka) which is part of the Kenyah language family, is an Austronesian language spoken in Northern Sarawak and in East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The number of speakers is not available, since no previous linguistic study has been done on this language; however, the overall number of speakers of all the languages that are part of the Kenyah language family (ISO: xkl) in Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia is 52,000 (Ethnologue, Lewis et al. 2015). Our work focuses on the Kenyah Uma Baha spoken in Sarawak, in the Sungai Asap Bakun resettlement in the district of Belaga.
We would like to thank Ms. Umie Liau and Ms. Julie Liau, who introduced us to the Uma Baha language and were very patient in working with us. We also want to thank Alex Smith for sharing his knowledge on Kenyah with us, we wish we could have learned more from him. A special thanks to Ms. Umie Liau, who also helped us to edit part of this paper. This project would not have been possible without the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program (GSRM) at UCLA and the funding for research consultant work offered from the Student Research Support Committee of the Linguistics Department at UCLA. A final thanks goes to Dr. Hannah Sarvasy, who we consulted periodically in order to organize our trip, and to our advisors for the Kenyah Uma Baha Project, who helped and motivated us: Prof. Edward Keenan, Prof. Hilda Koopman and Prof. Pamela Munro.
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