Sama, Pangutaran

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Siyama
Population

35,200 (2000).

Location

Western Mindanao, west central Sulu, Pangutaran island, west of Jolo; south Palawan, Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Intelligibility of Central Sama [sml] 65%.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Oral use in education for explanations. Market. Some written use in communications. Positive attitudes. 80% moderately bilingual in Tausug [tsg]; 20% also use Filipino [fil]. Some who have been to Malaysia also speak Malay [zlm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–35%. Dictionary. NT: 1994.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Muslim.