Filipino languages

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The Filipino languages are a subgroup of the Malayo-Polynesian languages .

Its distribution area includes the entire national territory of the Philippines with the exception of parts of the Sulu Archipelago in the extreme southwest ( Sama-Bajaw languages ​​are spoken there), and Filipino languages ​​are also distributed on the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi . On the island of Lan Yu , which belongs to the Republic of China (Taiwan) , the Yami is also spoken, a Filipino language.

The Filipino is with about 20 million speakers one of the largest Philippine languages and official language of the Philippines.


The following branches of the Filipino languages ​​are widely recognized:

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Robert Blust: The Greater Central Philippines hypothesis . In: Oceanic Linguistics . 30, No. 2, 1991, pp. 73-129. doi : 10.2307 / 3623084 .
  2. ^ Reid, Lawrence A. 2018. " Modeling the linguistic situation in the Philippines ." In Ritsuko Kikusawa and Lawrence A. Reid (Eds.) Let's Talk about Trees. Osaka: Senri Ethnological Studies, Minpaku. doi : 10.15021 / 00009006