Bantoanon

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A language of Philippines

Population

75,000 (2011 Governor’s Office, Romblon Province), decreasing. 500 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 75,000.

Location

Romblon Province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Banton, Calatravanhon, Odionganon, Sibalenhon (Sibale), Simaranhon. 63% intelligibility with Hiligaynon [hil]; 92% with Inonhan [loc]. Odionganon dialect preferred for literature. Lexical similarity: 83% with Romblomanon [rol] (Zorc 1977).

Language Use

Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used for politics, education, church in main towns, and with non-Bantoanon speakers. Also use English [eng], Inonhan [loc], Romblomanon [rol].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 80%–90%. Literacy rate in L2: 80%–90%. Taught in primary schools, occasional use only. Taught in secondary schools, occasional use only. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1992–1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Roman Catholic), Buddhist, Christian (Protestant), Muslim.