Davawenyo

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Davaoeño, Davaweño, Matino
Population

147,000 (1990 census).

Location

Davao region: Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur provinces.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Synthesis of Filipino [fil], Cebuano [ceb], other Visayan dialects. Some Spanish [spa] words. Not a Spanish creole. Different from Davawenyo dialect of Chavacano [cbk]. 2 dialects: East Coast (90% of speakers), and Davao City area (Whinnom 1956). Lowland Davawenyo have 89% intelligibility of Kamayo [kyk].

Language Use

Also use Cebuano [ceb], particularly by Lowland Davawenyo, whereas Highland Davawenyo have only low comprehension of it.

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