A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Bahasa Sug, Moro Joloano, Sinug, Sulu, Suluk, Tausog, Taw Sug

900,000 in Philippines (2000 SIL), increasing. 250,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 1,062,000.


Jolo, Sulu Archipelago; Palawan island; Basilan island, Zamboanga city and environs. Also in Indonesia, Malaysia.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Language Use

Vigorous. Mapun, Central Sama, Balangingi, Pangutaran Sama, Southern Sama, and Yakan speak it as L2. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1985–2002.
Arabic script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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