Manobo, Matigsalug


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Matig-Salug Manobo

50,000 (2010 SIL), increasing. 5,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 30,000.


Mindanao, Davao del Norte and southeast Bukidnon provinces.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Kulamanen. Tigwa has marginal intelligibility of Matigsalug. Tala Ingod may have adequate intelligibility of Matigsalug.


VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; 3 maximum prefixes, 2 maximum suffixes; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC; nontonal

Language Use

Home, neighborhood, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Increasingly use Cebuano [ceb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Films. Videos. Dictionary. NT: 2010.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.