Manobo, Sarangani


A language of Philippines


58,000 (2000 census). 227,000 all Manobo (2005 UNSD).


Davao region: Davao del Sur province, Jose Abad Santos municipality; Davao Oriental province, Governor Generoso municipality; Soccsksargen region: Sarangani province, Glan municipality.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Governor Generoso Manobo.


VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals all before noun heads; relatives after noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; maximum number of affixes: 3 prefixes, 2 suffixes; word order distinguishes subject, object and direct objects, but is also determined by case marking; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrase; non-obligatory verb affixes indicate number; ergatives; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CCV; nontonal.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Sarangani Blaan [bps].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 44%. Literacy rate in L2: 44%. Literature. NT: 1982.

Latin script [Latn].

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