Discovering Phonemes of Bidayuh

  • Jecky Misieng Faculty of Language and Communication, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak


There are generally three views of the notion of a phoneme. The structuralist view of the phoneme focuses on this language phenomenon as a phonetic reality. In discovering phonemes of a language, phonologists who hold this view will look for minimal contrasting pairs as a way to determine contrasting sounds of that language. They will also look for allophones or two sounds of the same phoneme which may appear in complementary distribution. This paper will discuss the possible application of the structuralist approach to analyzing the phonemes of a dialect of Bidayuh, one of the Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken in the northern region of Borneo.


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How to Cite
Misieng, J. (2012). Discovering Phonemes of Bidayuh . Issues in Language Studies, 1(1).