Native toMalaysia, Brunei
RegionSarawak, Borneo
EthnicityPenan people
Native speakers
ca. 13,000 (2007–2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
pez – Eastern Penan
pne – Western Penan
Glottologeast2485  Eastern
west2563  Western
ELPEastern Penan

Penan, also known as Punan-Nibong, is a language complex spoken by the Penan people of Borneo. They are related to the Kenyah languages. Glottolog shows Western Penan as closer to Sebop than it is to Eastern Penan.[2]


  1. ^ Eastern Penan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Western Penan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forke, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2020). "Western Penan". Glottolog 4.3.