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25 original form was written). A few of the oral recordings and transcriptions I did myself, but others were recorded and transcribed by WC Bajau participants at our language development workshops. See Appendix B for a list of texts (and their sources) in my corpus. Example sentences in this grammar are drawn largely from the corpus, although I had to rely more on elicited examples in certain sections (such as the chapter on information structure) to fill in some areas of the grammar. A few example sentences are also drawn from my book Learn to Speak West Coast Bajau (Kota Belud Dialect) which consists mostly of short dialogues and drills based on those dialogues (the dialogues were elicited from my language consultants).
Since the time of independence from British rule in the mid-1960s, a number of trends are bringing changes to the WC Bajau in food production, education, and business/ wage-earning activities. Government subsidies and the increasing availability of tractors have encouraged wet-rice cultivation, at the expense of WC Bajau interest in fishing. There is increased reliance upon hired labor in the rice fields, whereas at one time this work had been done by families and organized work parties. WC Bajau farmers have moved from subsistence production to production for cash (though in the 1980s most of them were still small producers).
Toward this end, it would be necessary to hold writers workshops to develop curriculum materials and, in the process, to expose any problem areas in the orthography. Also, the present orthography is based solely on the Kota Belud variety. As was noted above, there are other varieties/ dialects of the language which may need greater representation in the orthography if it is to best serve the needs of the WC Bajau community. 4 Methodology, consultants, and corpus My fieldwork was conducted in Sabah, Malaysia over four different periods: 1996-1998 (26 months); 2001 (2 months); 2003-2004 (12 months); and 2006 (4 months), for a total of 44 months.