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Tagbanwa

A language of Philippines

ISO 639-3: tbw

Population 10,000 (2002 SIL). 5% monolinguals.
Region Palawan, in scattered communities ranging from about 120 km south to 60 km north of Puerto Princesa, on both sides of the island.
Alternate names   Tagbanua, Apurawnon, Aborlan Tagbanwa
Dialects Intelligibility of Quezon Palawano (Central) 66%, of Cuyonon 77%. Lexical similarity 65% with Quezon Palawano, 71% with Batak, 54% with Cuyonon.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Meso Philippine, Palawano
Language use Used exclusively with other Tagbanwa in all situations. All ages. In the presence of non-Tagbanwa Filipinos, Tagbanwas are somewhat ashamed of being Tagbanwa, and speak Tagalog as they are able. Most also speak Tagalog to varying degrees. Very few would be highly bilingual. On the West coast, which is more isolated and less developed than the East coast, Tagalog comprehension and speaking ability are fairly low.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 36%. Literacy rate in second language: 36%. Syllabary formerly used by Tagbanwa and Palawano. NT: 1992.
Comments Sea level to 300 meters. Fishermen; agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Christian.