Manobo, Dibabawon


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Debabaon, Dibabaon, Mandaya

10,000 (1978 SIL).


Mindanao, northern Compostela Valley Province, upper Agusan river area; Davao Oriental Province, Boston and Cateel municipalities; Davao del Norte Province, Asuncion municipality, Manguagan.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals all before noun heads; relatives after noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; maximum number of affixes: 3 prefixes, 1 suffix; word order distinguishes given and new information; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrase; non-obligatory verb affixes indicate number; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV, CVVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Rajah Kabunsuwan Manobo [mqk].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 23%. Literacy rate in L2: 23%. NT: 1978.

Latin script [Latn].