The Karay-a language (Kinaray-a, Binisayâ nga Kinaray-a or Hinaraya; English: Harayan) is an Austronesian regional language in the Philippines spoken by the Karay-a people, mainly in Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, and other provinces on the island of Panay, as well as portions of the Soccsksargen region in Mindanao.
|Kinaray-a, Hiniraya, Binisaya nga Karay-a|
|Region||Antique, southern-inland Iloilo, southern part of Guimaras, southern Aklan, Occidental Mindoro particularly in Ilin Island, western Capiz, and a few parts of Soccsksargen|
Official language in
|Regional language in the Philippines|
|Regulated by||Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino|
Area where Karay-a is spoken
Kinaray-a is spoken mainly in Antique. It is also spoken in Iloilo province as a primary or secondary language in the city of Passi, in the municipalities of Alimodian, San Joaquin, Lambunao, Calinog, Leon, Miag-ao, Pavia, Badiangan, San Miguel, Guimbal, San Enrique, Tigbauan, Igbaras, Leganes, Pototan, Bingawan, San Rafael, Mina, Zarraga, Oton, Santa Barbara, Cabatuan, Janiuay, Maasin, New Lucena, Dueñas, Dingle, and Tubungan, and certain villages in Mindanao – especially in the Soccsksargen region by citizens who trace their roots to Antique or to Karay-a-speaking areas of Panay island (particularly the province of Sultan Kudarat). Inhabitants of most towns across the latter areas speak Kinaray-a while Hiligaynon is predominant around coastal areas particularly in Iloilo. It is also spoken in Iloilo City by a minority, particularly in the Arevalo district and parts of Capiz and Aklan provinces, as well as Guimaras.
There has not been much linguistic study on the dialects of Kinaray-a. Speakers both of Kinaray-a and Hiligaynon would however admit to hearing the differences in the ways by which Kinaray-a speakers from different towns speak. Differences in vocabulary can also observed between and among the dialects.
The differences and the degrees by which the dialects differ from each other depend largely on the area's proximity to another different language-speaking area. Thus, in Antique, there are, on the northern parts, varieties that are similar to Aklanon, the language of Aklan, its neighbor on the north. On the south, in Iloilo towns on the other hand, the dialects closely resemble that of the standard Kinaray-a spoken in San Jose de Buenavista, lowland Sibalom and Hamtic. A distinct dialect of Karay-a is spoken in central Iloilo where a lot of Hiligaynon loanwords are used and some Kinaray-a words are pronounced harder as in "rigya" or "ja" (here) of southern Iloilo and San José de Buenavista area as compared to "giya" of Janiuay, Santa Barbara, and nearby towns. Two highly accented dialects of Kinaray-a can be heard in Anini-y and Tobias Fornier in Antique and San Joaquin, Leon, and Tubungan in Iloilo.
Some dialects differ only on consonant preference like y vs h. e.g. bayi/bahi (girl) or l vs r e.g. wala/wara. Some have distinct differences like sayëd/kadë (ugly) and rangga/gëba (defective).
Intelligibility with HiligaynonEdit
Due to geographic proximity and mass media Kinaray-a-speakers can understand Hiligaynon (also known as Ilonggo) speakers. However, only Hiligaynon speakers who reside in Kinaray-a-speaking areas can understand the language. Those who come from other areas, like urban Iloilo and Negros Island, have difficulty in understanding the language, only if they can at all.
It is a misconception among some Hiligaynon speakers that Kinaray-a is a dialect of Hiligaynon; the reality is that the two belong to two different, but related, branches of the Bisayan languages.
However, some Karay-a also know Hiligaynon as their second language. To some extent, there is an intermediate dialect of Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a being spoken in Mindanao, mainly in Sultan Kudarat province.
The phonemes /e/ and /o/ are used mostly in non-Karay·a words and were formerly allophonic with /i/ and /u/, respectively. The phonemes /i/ and /u/ may also be pronounced as [ɪ] and [ʊ]. Among some speakers, /u/ may be pronounced as [ə], such as when subâ is uttered as [səˈbaʔ] instead of as /suˈbaʔ/.
There are two official orthographic conventions currently in use: a four-vowel-grapheme system released by the Komisyon sa Polong Kinaray·a in 2016 in coordination with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), and a six-vowel-grapheme system recommended by the KWF in 2018. The latter builds on Brigadier General Vicente Pangantihon’s introduction of a separate letter ⟨ə⟩ for /ɨ/ through the publication of Karay-a Rice Tradition Revisited, but using ⟨ë⟩ in ⟨ə⟩’s place. Karay·a writings predating Pangantihon’s innovation had not graphemically distinguished between /ɨ/ and /u/. In 2018, the KWF elaborated,
Harmonization is not compulsory for older users of the language or individual organizations; it is specifically aimed at helping the Department of Education and teachers to teach any of the native languages. Other organizations are free to adopt their own stylebook in their own publications.
The 2018 Pangantihon–KWF orthography provides for six vowel letters: ⟨a⟩, ⟨e⟩, ⟨ë⟩ (previously ⟨ə⟩), ⟨i⟩, ⟨o⟩ and ⟨u⟩.[a] They do not form diphthongs with each other and always indicate a separate syllable: there are as many vowels as there are syllables. Informal writing, however, contravenes this orthographic rule such as, for example, when words such as balunggay, kambiyo, lanaw, puwede, ruweda and tuáw are written as *balunggai, *kambio, *lanao, *puede, *rueda and *tuao.
⟨Ë⟩, referred to as malëm·ëk nga ⟨i⟩ and which Pangantihon had originally written as ⟨ə⟩, represents /ɨ/, a phoneme that occurs natively in Karay·a and in some other languages spoken in the Philippines such as Ivadoy, Maranao and Pangasinan. ⟨Ë⟩ is also used for integrated words of relatively recent foreign origin.
Separate glyphs for /e/ and /u/ were introduced with the arrival of the Castilians; namely ⟨e⟩ and ⟨u⟩.
In line with the KWF's 2018 recommendation, the alphabet has 23 consonant letters: ⟨b⟩, ⟨c⟩, ⟨d⟩, ⟨f⟩, ⟨g⟩, ⟨h⟩, ⟨j⟩, ⟨k⟩, ⟨l⟩, ⟨m⟩, ⟨n⟩, ⟨ñ⟩, ⟨ng⟩, ⟨p⟩, ⟨q⟩, ⟨r⟩, ⟨s⟩, ⟨t⟩, ⟨v⟩, ⟨w⟩, ⟨x⟩, ⟨y⟩ and ⟨z⟩. Of the above, ⟨c⟩, ⟨ñ⟩, ⟨q⟩ and ⟨x⟩ are used only in names and unintegrated loan words.
The digraph ⟨ng⟩ constitutes a single letter and represents the phoneme /ŋ/. In the old orthography, which followed the Castilian norms set forth by the Real Academia Española, this phoneme was represented by ⟨n͠g⟩, the tilde stretching over both letters in order to distinguish it from ⟨ng⟩ and ⟨ñ⟩, which represented the Castilian /ŋɡ/ and /ɲ/, respectively.
In contrast to ⟨ng⟩, the digraph ⟨ts⟩, which represents /t͡ʃ/, is not counted as a distinct letter.
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|Karay-a||English meaning||Malay||English meaning||Tagalog||English meaning|
|ayam||dog||ayam / anjing||chicken / dog||manok / aso||chicken / dog|
|bayi, bahi||female, woman||wanita / bayi||female, woman / baby||babae||female, woman|
|bosong||abdomen||pusar / pusat||navel / central||puson / pusod||stomach / navel, core|
|damog||fodder||umpan / (pa)dang||fodder / pasture||kumpay / damo||fodder / pasture, grass|
|yawâ||demon||setan / awa||demon / accusation||demonyo / awa||demon / pity|
|makəl / uhong||mushroom||jamur||mushroom||kabuti||mushroom|
|kahig||foot||kaki||foot||paa||to scrape (ground)|
|1st person singular||ako||takən||nakən, ko||akən||kanakən|
|2nd person singular||ikaw, kaw||timo||nimo, mo||imo||kanimo|
|3rd person singular||-||tana||nana, na||ana||kanana, kana|
|1st person plural inclusive||kita||tatən||natən, ta||atən||kanatən|
|1st person plural exclusive||kami||tamən||namən||amən||kanamən|
|2nd person plural||kamo||tinyo||ninyo, nyo||inyo||kaninyo|
|3rd person plural||sanda||tanda||nanda||anda||kananda|
|11||napulû kag sara/ unsi (from Spanish)||(se)belas||labing-isa / onse (from Spanish)|
|50||kalim-an/singkwenta (from Spanish)||lima puluh||limampu /singkwenta (from Spanish)|
|100||sangkagatos/sanggatos||se ratus||isang daan|
|1,000||sangkalibo/sanglibo||se ribu||isang libo|
|100,000||sangka gatos ka libo||se ratus ribu||isang daang libo|
|500,000||lima ka gatos ka libo||lima ratus ribu||lima daang libo|
|1,000,000||sangka milyon||satu juta||isang milyon|
Saying "Diin kaw maagto?" (Literally, Where are you going?) is common way to greet people. You don't need to answer the question directly. The usual answer is an action like "Maninda." (Literally, To buy something on the market.) instead of "Sa tinda." (Literally, To the market.)
- Are you eating well? - Mayad man pangaën mo?
- Good. - Mayad.
- How are you feeling? - Musta bay pamatyagan mo? or: Ano bay pamatyag mo? (What do you feel?)
- I don't know. - Wara takën kamaan./ Waay takën kamaan (Or simply: Maan a./ Ambay a./ Ilam a. - informal, usually an annoyed expression)
- Let's go! - Panaw/Halin ta rën!/Dali rën! (usually for hurrying up companions)
- Come together. - Iririmaw kita./ imaw kita./ Iribhanay kita./ Iririmaw tatən
- Why? - Manhaw/Wanhaw? (or: Andët haw/aw?)/ Insa haw?/ Insaw?(informal)
- I love you. - Ginagugma ta (i)kaw./ palangga ta (i)kaw.
- My love/sweetheart. - Palangga ko.
- What is your name? - Ano ngaran mo?
- Good morning! - Mayad nga aga!
- Good afternoon! - Mayad nga hapon!
- Good evening! - Mayad nga gabiʔi!
- That one. - Amo kara. (Or simply: Ra/Ra ay.)(or: Amo ran)/ Amo ka di-a.
- How much? - Tag pira?
- Yes. - hə-əd.(Ho-ud)/ (h)ə-əd
- No. - Bukut./Bëkët.(Bëkën)/Indi
- Because. - Bangëd.
- Because of you. - Bangëd kanimo or Tëngëd kanimo.
- About you. - Nahanungëd kanimo or Parti kanimo.
- You know. - Man-an mo. (or: Man-an mo man.)
- Hurry! - Dasiga! (lit. Fast!) or Dali-a! (lit. Hurry!)
- Again. - Liwan/Liwat/Riwan/Liwan. (or: Uman (Again) / Umana (Command to repeat).)
- Do you speak English? - Kamaan kaw maghambal kang Inglis? or Kama-an kaw mag-Inglis?
- It is fun to live. - Sadya mabuhi/Sadya ang mabuhi.
- Happy - Sadya
- Thank you - Salamat
- The vowel "u" is called matig-a nga "o" (the hard "o"). Hence, when a syllable with a vowel is pronounced lightly, the vowel "i" is substituted with the vowel "e". The opposite rule applies to the vowel "u". The practice however, is not the norm. What is more controlling for using either the vowels "i" and "o" or the introduced vowels "e" and "u" is what appears to the Karay-as pleasing to their eyes and ears. When in doubt on what vowel to use, it is always safe to use the indigenous vowels. The introduced "ë" vowel has no substitute. It will always be used since many Kinaray-a words have a schwa vowel sound.
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