Bantoanon

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A language of Philippines

Population

75,000 (2011 Governor’s Office, Romblon Province), decreasing. 500 to 1,000 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. Also use Filipino [fil] for politics, education, church in main towns, with non-Bantoanon speakers; also use English [eng], Romblomanon [rol], or Inonhan [loc].

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.
Other Comments

Christian, Buddhist, Muslim.