Surigaonon

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Jaun-Jaun, Sinurigao, Waya-Waya
Population

400,000 (2009 W. Hall).

Location

Caraga region: Surigao del Norte, north Agusan del Norte, and north Surigao del Sur provinces.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Tandaganon [tgn]. Lexical similarity: 82% with Dibabawon Manobo [mbd], 81% with Agusan Manobo [msm], 69% with Butuanon [btw].

Typology

18 consonant and 3 vowel phonemes; 4 diphthongs.

Language Use

Also use Cebuano [ceb], with a rapid shift towards it, especially in Surigao City and surrounding parts of (eastern) Surigao del Norte and northern Surigao del Sur.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools, in the Surigao provinces and Dinagat.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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