Language of the Day for 14 February 2020


Sama, Central [sml]

A language of
Population Full
90,000 in Philippines (2000). 30,000 monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 105,000.
4 (Educational).
Language Use
Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Cebuano [ceb], Chavacano [cbk], Malay [zlm], Tagalog [tgl], Tausug [tsg]. Used as L2 by Southern Sama [ssb].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%. Taught in primary schools, as a language of instruction, but only in Davao and Zamboanga in a few classes run by non-governmental organizations. Literature. Videos. Texts. NT: 1987–2008.