A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Davaweño, Davawenyo, Kadi, Kinadi, Kinamayo

363,000 (2000 census). Estimated population for Caraga, Davao Oriental, and Surigao del Sur regions.


Mindanao, Surigao del Sur Province, between Marihatag and Lingig; Agusan del Sur Province border areas; Davao Oriental Province, between Lingig and Boston.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


North Kamayo, South Kamayo. Lexical similarity: 66% with Surigaonon [sgd], 70% with Butuanon [btw].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, friends, some in government. All ages. Positive attitudes. 100% also use Cebuano [ceb]. Also use English [eng], Tagalog [tgl].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 80% in Cebuano. Taught in a few primary schools. New media. Films. Dictionary.
Other Comments

Stable diglossia; high bilingualism in Cebuano [ceb]. Christian (Roman Catholic), Christian (Protestant).