Bontok, Northern


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Bontoc, Central Bontoc, Northern Bontoc

9,700 (2007 census).


Cordillera Administrative Region: north Mountain province, Sadanga municipality, Anabel, Bekigan, Belwang, Betwagan, Demang, Sacasacan, Saclit, and the municipal center, Sadanga Poblacion; some in south Kalinga province.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).


None known. Reportedly similar to Central Bontok [lbk], Eastern Bontok [ebk], Southwestern Bontok [vbk], and Southern Bontok [obk]. A member of macrolanguage Bontok [bnc].

Language Use

Older adults only. Also use Central Bontok [lbk]. Also use Ilocano [ilo], especially young, educated people. Also use Tagalog [tgl], especially young, educated people.

Other Comments

Various Sadanga municipality residents do not identify their language as Bontok. They identify with their community dialect, and label it distinctively.

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