Blaan, Sarangani


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Balud, Bilaan, Blaan, Sarangani Blaan, Tumanao

90,800 (2000).


Davao region: Davao del Sur province, across from north Sarangani border; Soccsksargen region: Sarangani province; South Cotabato province, General Santos and north.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).


VSO; prepositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals all before noun heads; no relative markers; question word in sentence-final position; maximum number of affixes: 1 prefix, 1 suffix; word order distinguishes subject, object and direct objects, given and new information, topic and comment; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; non-obligatory verb affixes indicate number; passives; causatives; comparatives; C, CV, CVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Also use Cebuano [ceb], English [eng], Filipino [fil], Maguindanaon [mdh], Sangil [snl], Sangir [sxn], Sarangani Manobo [mbs], Tboli [tbl].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 28%. Literacy rate in L2: 28%. Literature. Videos. NT: 1981–2014.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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