Subanen, Central

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Sindangan Subanun
Population

140,000 (2000), increasing.

Location

Zamboanga Peninsula region: Zamboanga del Norte province eastern half; Zamboanga del Sur province, west of Molave and Pagadian; Zamboanga Sibugay province, Diplahan, Kabasalan, and Siay municipalities.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Eastern Kolibugan (Eastern Kalibugan). Intelligibility of Southern Subanen [laa] 71%. Lexical similarity: 79% with Western Subanen [suc].

Language Use

Community, home, church, informal education. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Cebuano [ceb], Hiligaynon [hil].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Literature. Dictionary. Texts. NT: 1992.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1980s.

Other Comments

Value their language. Traditional religion.

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