Manobo languages

The Manobo languages are a group of languages spoken in the Philippines. Their speakers are primarily located around Northern Mindanao, Central Mindanao (presently called Soccsksargen) and Caraga regions where they are natively spoken. Some outlying groups make Manobo geographically discontiguous as other speakers can be located as far as the southern peninsula of Davao Oriental, most of Davao Occidental and coastal areas of Sultan Kudarat. The Kagayanen speakers are the most extremely remote and can be found in certain portions of Palawan.

Manobo
Geographic
distribution
central Mindanao
Linguistic classificationAustronesian
Subdivisions
  • Central
  • North
  • West
ISO 639-2 / 5mno
Glottologmano1276
Manobo languages map.png
Geographic extent of Manobo languages based on Ethnologue maps

LanguagesEdit

ClassificationEdit

Elkins (1974:637) classifies the Manobo languages as follows.

ReconstructionEdit

Proto-Manobo
Reconstruction ofManobo languages
Reconstructed
ancestors

Elkins (1974) includes a reconstruction of Proto-Manobo, along with 197 reconstructed etyma.

The Proto-Manobo phonemes are (Elkins 1974:616):

Consonants
*p *t *k
*b *d *g
*m *n
*l
*r
*s *h
*w *y
Vowels
*i *u
*e
*a

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Elkins, Richard E. (1974). "A Proto-Manobo Word List". Oceanic Linguistics. 13 (1/2): 601–641. doi:10.2307/3622754.