Tausug

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A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Jolohano, Moro Joloano, Sinug, Sinug Tausug, Sulu, Suluk, Tausog, Taw Sug
Autonym
بَهَسَ سُوگ‎ (Bahasa Sūg)
Population

L1 users: 900,000 (2000 SIL), increasing. 250,000 monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 1,062,000.

Location

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Sulu province, Jolo, in Sulu archipelago; Basilan province, Basilan island; Mimaropa region: Palawan province on Palawan island; Zamboanga Peninsula region: 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. Literature. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Texts. NT: 1985–2002. Agency: Anak-Sug Association.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Muslim.

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