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Calamian Tagbanwa language

Calamian Tagbanwa
Native toPhilippines
RegionCalamian Islands
EthnicityTagbanwa people
Native speakers
10,000 (2007)[1]
Tagbanwa alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3tbk

Calamian Tagbanwa is spoken in the Calamian Islands just north of Palawan Island, Philippines. It is not mutually intelligible with the other languages of the Tagbanwa people. Ethnologue reports that it is spoken in Busuanga, Coron, Culion, and Linapacan municipalities (Calamian and Linapacan island groups).


Himes (2006)[3] considers there to be two distinct dialects.

  • Karamiananen: spoken on Busuanga Island and Dipalengged Island. The speakers on Dipalengged Island refer to their language as Tagbanwa.
  • Tagbanwa of Coron: spoken on Coron Island, and also in Baras, Palawan Island located just opposite of Dumaran Island.



Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative β s ɣ
Lateral l
Rhotic ɾ~r
Approximant w j


Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u
Open a



  1. ^ Calamian Tagbanwa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Calamian Tagbanwa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Himes, Ronald S. 2006. The Kalamian Microgroup of Philippine Languages. Paper Presented at the Tenth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, 17-20 January 2006, Palawan, Philippines.
  4. ^ Reid, Lawrence A. (1971). Philippine Minor Languages: Word Lists and Phonologies. University of Hawai'i Press. p. 42.