|Region||most parts of Bukidnon province, Mindanao|
|(100,000 cited 1987)|
Area where Binukid is spoken
The Bukid language, Binukid or Bukidnon, is an Austronesian language spoken by indigenous peoples of Northern Mindanao in southern Philippines. The word Bukid means "mountain" or “highland” while Binukid means "in the manner, or style, of the mountain or highland". It is a de facto co-official language in Bukidnon province, where it is referred to as Higaonon. There are many dialects but there is mutual intelligibility. The dialect of Malaybalay, in the Pulangi area, is considered to be the prestige and standard variety.
Binukid is spoken in the following areas (Ethnologue).
Binukid consists of 20 segmental phonemes and 1 suprasegmental phoneme. The syllable is the basic unit of word structure, and each syllable consists of one vowel and one or two consonants only, arranged in the following patterns: CV, CVC and, in some instances, CCV (which is found mostly in Spanish loanwords). A word consists of one or more of these syllables.
The phoneme [ɾ] is sometimes trilled which is used in intervocalic position or in Spanish loanwords by some speakers. All consonants except [h] are found in initial and final position in the syllable; [h] is found only syllable-initial.
|Front (unrounded)||Central (unrounded)||Back (rounded)|
There is a suprasegmental phoneme of stress which usually falls on the penultimate syllable. Stress give contrast to words of the same segmental phonemes; for example beleng [ˈbɘlɘŋ] means "surprise" while beléng [bɘˈlɘŋ] means "drunk". Long words may have more than one stress: balángkawítan [bäˌläŋkaˈwitän] "rooster". Stress commonly shift when suffixes are added to the word (as in kahibeléngan "mysterious") or when the speaker wishes to emphasize the word.
Binukid uses the Latin script, particularly the Filipino abakada in writing the language. The Binukid alphabet consists of the following letters which correspond to one phoneme. Word-initial and word-final glottal stops are not written but glottal stops following a consonant is marked by a hyphen. Example: hab-ung [ˈhäbʔuŋ] "mildew". The phoneme [ŋ] is represented by a digraph ⟨ng⟩, which is sometimes considered as a separate letter.
Suprasegmental phonemes and glottalization are featured in writing Binukid. Stress is indicated by an acute accent ⟨′⟩. A grave accent ⟨`⟩ is marked over syllable- or word-final vowel to indicate a following glottal stop. If stress is shown on the final letter and there is a following glottal stop, a circumfex accent ⟨ˆ⟩ is used. There is no marking for words whose stress falls on the penultimate syllable and without a secondary stress.
Other letters are introduced through proper names, for example:
The plural particle marker manga is written mga, following accepted Philippine usage.