Subanon, Western

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Siocon
Population

125,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Siocon, Western Kolibugan (Western Kalibugan). Lexical similarity: 89% between Siocon and Western Kolibugan dialects.

Typology

VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; relatives before noun heads, and relatives without noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; 2 maximum prefixes, 3 maximum suffixes; word order distinguishes subjects, objects and indirect objects, given and new information, topic and comment; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrases; verb affixes mark number; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV, CCV, CCVV, CVVC; nontonal.

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 39%. Literacy rate in L2: 39%. Multilingual education pilot program. Poetry. NT: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.