Ivatan

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Ivatanen
Population

35,000 (1998 SIL), increasing. 3,450 Itbayatan (1996 census).

Location

Cagayan Valley region: Batanes province; Mimaropa region: Palawan province. Many scattered in Mindanao; Manila.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of provincial identity in Batanes province.

Dialects

Itbayaten, Basco Ivatan, Southern Ivatan.

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Vigorous. Only very young and very old are monolingual. Not used in schools. Home, administration, religion, commerce, labor relations, letters. All ages. Positive attitudes. All also use English [eng]. Most also use Filipino [fil].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 92%. Literary tradition of laji (old songs) and folklore. Letters, hymnbooks. Taught in primary schools, in the Batanes. Literature. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 1984. Agency: Academics Foundation.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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