A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Bahasa Sug, Jolohano, Moro Joloano, Sinug, Sinug Tausug, Sulu, Suluk, Tausog, Taw Sug

900,000 in Philippines (2000 SIL), increasing. 250,000 monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 1,062,000.


Jolo, Sulu Archipelago; Palawan island; Basilan island, Zamboanga city and environs.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of provincial identity in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Kalagan [kqe]. Used as L2 by Balangingih Sama [sse], Central Sama [sml], Chavacano [cbk], Mapun [sjm], Pangutaran Sama [slm], Southern Sama [ssb], Yakan [yka].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools, in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Films. Videos. Dictionary. NT: 1985–2002. Agency: Anak-Sug Association.

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

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