Bicol language

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Spoken in: Philippines 
Region: Bicol
Total speakers: 2.4 million
Language family:
   Central Philippine
    Bikol languages
Language codes
ISO 639-1: none
ISO 639-2: bik
ISO 639-3: bik — Central Bicolano

Bikol or Bicolano is an Austronesian language used in the Philippines particularly on the Bicol Peninsula in the island of Luzon. Bicol-Naga is the standard language of this kind and is understood by most Bikol speakers.

It is spoken as a first language in the towns of Basud, Daet, Mercedes, San Vicente, Talisay in Camarines Norte; Naga City and all remaining towns in Camarines Sur, except Del Gallego, Iriga City, Baao, Naua, Bula, Bato, Balatan and Buhi; Legazpi City and all remaining towns in Albay, except Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Jovellar, Pio Duran, and Libon; and in the town of Bacon, Prieto Diaz, and the poblacions of Castilla and Magallanes in Sorsogon.

This language is the lingua franca in Region V. There are several dialects including Bikol Rikonada (Iriga City and environs), Bikol Albay (Albay Province), Bisakol (Bisaya-Bikol spoken in Masbate and Sorsogon provinces), Bikol Catanduanes and Bikol Partido (municipalities surrounding Lagonoy Gulf).




  Absolutive Ergative Oblique
1st person singular ako ko sakuya, sako
2nd person singular ika, ka mo saimo, si-mo
3rd person singular siya niya saiya
1st person plural inclusive kita nyato, ta satuya, sato
1st person plural exclusive kami nyamo, mi samuya, samo
2nd person plural kamo nindo saindo
3rd person plural sinda ninda sainda

See also


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  • Kasaysayan: The Story of the Filipino People, Vol. 10 (1998) (August 15, 2007)

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