A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Magindanao, Magindanaon, Magindanaw, Magindanawn, Maguindanaw

1,100,000 (2010 SIL).


Mindanao, most of Maguindanao Province, Cotabato city southeast to Lake Buluan; North Cotabato Province, south central area from Kayaga to Dillian; central Sultan Kudarat Province west of Lake Buluan; South Cotabato Province, northern tip.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Statutory language of provincial identity in North Cotabato and 3 other Mindanao provinces (1991, ACFLC Section 3(f)).


Biwangan, Ilud, Laya, Sibugay, Tagakawanan. Intelligibility 60% of Maranao [mrw], 96% of Iranun [ill].


VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; relatives after noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; markers that relate to the affixation of the verb, or the form of the pronoun, make the verbal complements obvious; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrases; verb affixes mark number; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Value English [eng] proficiency as an aid to employment. Home, neighborhood. Positive attitudes. Comprehension of Filipino [fil] is low. Used as L2 by Ilianen Manobo [mbi], Sarangani Blaan [bps].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Taught in selected Grade 1 classrooms. New media. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1991–2010.

Latin script [Latn].

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