Itneg, Banao


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Banao, Banaw, Bhanaw Tinggian, Itneg, Timggian, Tinguian

3,500 (2003 SIL). 61,500 in all Itneg varieties (2005 UNSD).


Cordillera Administrative Region: Abra province, Daguioman and Malibcong municipalities; Kalinga province, Balbalan and Pasil municipalities.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Malibcong Banao, Banao Pikekj, Gubang Itneg. Lexical similarity: Malibcong Banao 58% with Ilocano [ilo], 81% with Lubuagan Kalinga [knb], 73% with Limos Kalinga [kmk]; Banao Pikek (Daguioman) dialect 62% with Ilocano, 83% with Masadiit and Boliney Itneg [tis], 79% with Masadiit and Sallapadan Itneg [tis], 78% with the Banao dialect of Malibcong, and 73% with Binongan Itneg [itb].

Language Use

Moderate vitality. Home, community. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Filipino [fil], Ilocano [ilo].

Other Comments

High value placed on education. Traditional religion, Christian.

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