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Butuanon is an Austronesian regional language spoken in Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, with some native speakers in Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Norte. It is a part of the Visayan language family and is closely related to other Philippine languages. As of 2007, Butuanon is spoken by fewer than 500 youngsters in Butuan itself.[3]

Native to Philippines
Native speakers
(35,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 btw
Glottolog butu1244[2]

Butuanon is very closely related to the Tausug language of distant Sulu and the Surigaonon language of neighboring provinces Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte.


  1. ^ Butuanon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Butuanon". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Fred S. Cabuang (September 6, 2007). "Saving Butuanon language". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2010-03-14.