Ivatan

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A language of Philippines

Population

35,000 (1998 SIL), increasing. 3,450 Itbayatan (1996 census).

Location

North of Luzon, Batanes Islands. Many relocated to Mindanao near Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, and Cotabato; Manila, Luzon, and Palawan.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of provincial identity in Batanes province.

Dialects

Basco Ivatan, Itbayaten, Southern Ivatan.

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Vigorous. Only very young and very old are monolingual. Not used in schools. Home, administration, religion, commerce, labor relations, letters. All ages. Positive attitudes. 34,300 also use English [eng]. 92% also use Filipino [fil].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 92%. Literary tradition of laji (old songs) and folklore. Letters, hymnbooks. Taught in primary schools, in the Batanes. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1984.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Roman Catholic).