Manobo, Obo

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Bagobo, Kidapawan Manobo, Obo Bagobo
Population

60,000 (2007 SIL). 20,000 monolinguals. L2 users: Used by those intermarrying with local speakers.

Location

Mindanao, northeast slope of Mount Apo, between Davao del Sur and North Cotabato provinces.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Arakan Manobo, Kidapawan Manobo, Magpet Manobo, Marilog. 69% intelligibility of Tigwa (Matigsalug Manobo [mbt] reportedly most similar) and 60% of Tagabawa [bgs]. Lexical similarity: 63% with Tagabawa [bgs] and Ilianen Manobo [mbi], 35% with Cebuano [ceb].

Typology

VSO, VOS; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; 2 maximum prefixes, 1 maximum suffix; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV. CVVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Home, market, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Cebuano [ceb], Tagabawa [bgs].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 65%–70%. Literacy rate in L2: 95% in Cebuano [ceb]. Literacy work ongoing. Taught in 3 primary schools (2007 SIL). Taught in 1 secondary school (2007 SIL). New media. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.