Manobo, Matigsalug


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Matig-Salug Manobo

50,000 (2010 SIL), increasing. 5,000 monolinguals.


Mindanao, south central Bukidnon, North Cotabato (northeast), and northwestern Davao del Sur provinces.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Kulamanen. Tigwa has marginal intelligibility of Matigsalug. Tala Ingod may have adequate intelligibility of Matigsalug.


VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; 3 maximum prefixes, 2 maximum suffixes; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Home, neighborhood, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Increasingly use Cebuano [ceb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Films. Videos. Dictionary. NT: 2010.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.