Bikol, Rinconada

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Bicolano, Iriga, Rinconada Bicolano, Rinconada Bikol
Population

234,000 (2000 census), increasing. 2,300 monolinguals. Speakers of all Bikol languages: 4,580,000 (2000 census). Ethnic population: 320,000.

Location

Luzon, Camarines Sur Province, Rinconada district, Iriga city, Baao, Bato, Balatan, Bula, and Nabua.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Highly bilingual in Central Bikol [bcl]; some also bilingual in Tagalog [tgl] and English [eng], which are acquired through intermarriage, media, school, and travel.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Newspapers. Radio programs.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Iriga City inhabitants regard Naga [bcl] dialect as true Bicolano; proud of their language and culture. Christian.