Bantoanon language map based on Ethnologue
The Bantoanon language (Asi language) is a regional Bisayan language spoken, along with Romblomanon and Onhan, in the province of Romblon, Philippines. Asi originated in the island of Banton, Romblon and spread to the neighboring islands of Sibale, Simara, and the towns of Odiongan and Calatrava on Tablas Island. The Asi spoken in Odiongan is called Odionganon, Calatravanhon in Calatrava, Sibalenhon in Concepcion, Simaranhon in Corcuera, and Bantoanon in Banton.
Specifically, it is spoken on the following islands within Romblon:
Linguist David Zorc notes that Bantoanon speakers may have been the first Bisayan speakers in the Romblon region. He also suggests that Asi may have a Cebuan substratum and that many of its words may have been influenced by the later influx of other languages such as Romblomanon.
Bantoanon has fifteen consonant phonemes: p, t, k, b, d, g, m, n, ng, s, h, w, l, r and y. There are three vowel phonemes: a, i/e, and u/o. The vowels i and e are allophones, with i always being used when it is the beginning and sometimes end of a syllable, and e always used when it ends a syllable. The vowels u and o are allophones, with u always being used when it is the beginning and sometimes end of a syllable, and o always used when it ends a syllable.[clarification needed] This is one of the Philippine languages that do not exhibit [ɾ]-[d] allophony.
|1st person singular||akó||nako, ko||akò|
|2nd person singular||ikaw, ka||nimo, mo||imo|
|3rd person singular||sida||nida||ida|
|1st person plural inclusive||kita||nato||ato|
|1st person plural exclusive||kami||namo||amo|
|2nd person plural||kamo||ninro||inro|
|3rd person plural||sinra||ninra||inra|
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