Manobo, Matigsalug


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Matig-Salug Manobo, Matigsalug

50,000 (2010 SIL), increasing. 227,000 all Manobo (2005 UNSD). 5,000 monolinguals.


Davao region: northwest Davao del Sur province; Northern Mindanao region: south-central Bukidnon province; Soccsksargen region: northeast North Cotabato region.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Kulamanen. Tigwa has marginal intelligibility of Matigsalug. Tala Ingod may have adequate intelligibility of Matigsalug.


VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; 3 maximum prefixes, 2 maximum suffixes; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Home, neighborhood, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Cebuano [ceb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%. Literature. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Texts. NT: 2010.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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