Surigaonon

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Jaun-Jaun, Waya-Waya
Population

400,000 (2009 W. Hall).

Location

Mindanao, Surigao del Norte, north Agusan del Norte, north Surigao del Sur provinces.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Tandaganon [tgn]. Lexical similarity: 82% with Dibabawon Manobo [mbd], 81% with Agusan Manobo [msm], 69% with Butuanon [btw].

Language Use

Speakers are rapidly shifting to Cebuano [ceb], especially in Surigao City and surrounding parts of Surigao del Norte. Language is much stronger in eastern Surigao del Norte and northern Surigao del Sur.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools, in the Surigao provinces and Dinagat.