Mandaya

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Davawenyo
Population

250,000 (2010).

Location

Mindanao, Davao Oriental Province, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, and Cateel municipalities; Davao del Norte Province.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Carraga Mandaya, Cateelenyo, Karaga, Manay Mandayan, Mandaya, Cataelano, Mangaragan Mandaya, Sangab. 77% intelligibility of Mansaka [msk]. Lexical similarity: 89% with Mansaka [msk], 83% with Kalagan [kqe].

Language Use

Home, neighborhood. Adults, youth. 80% also use Cebuano [ceb]. Also use Mansaka [msk].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary.
Other Comments

Many Mandaya will say they are Davawenyo; “Mandaya” can be a derogatory term, meaning uneducated people from the hills. Christian, traditional religion.