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Itneg is a South-Central Cordilleran dialect continuum found in the island of Luzon, Philippines. This language and Ilocano are spoken by the Itneg people (sometimes also referred to as the "Tingguian people") in Abra province.
Several ethnic-Itneg dialects are taxonomically part of the neighboring Kalinga language.
Locations and dialects
Ethnologue reports the following locations for each of the 5 Itneg languages.
- Binongan Itneg: Licuan-Baay, Abra Province. 7,500 speakers.
- Inlaod Itneg: a few villages in Peñarrubia, Lagangilang, Danglas, and Langiden municipalities, Abra Province. 9,000 speakers.
- Maeng Itneg: Luba, Tubo, and Villaviciosa municipalities, Abra Province. 18,000 speakers.
- Masadiit Itneg: Sallapadan, Bucloc, and Boliney municipalities, Abra Province; also in the western border strip of Kalinga Province. 7,500 speakers. Dialects are Masadiit Boliney and Masadiit Sallapadan.
- Moyadan Itneg: Abra Province. 12,000 speakers.
However, Ronald Himes (1997) recognizes 2 dialects for Itneg, namely Binongan (eastern) and Inlaod (western).
- ^ Binongan Itneg = Adasen language - Ba-i Lagayan and Tineg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Inlaod Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Maeng Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Masadiit Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Moyadan Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Itneg". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- ^ Himes, Ronald S. 1997. “Reconstructions in Kalinga-itneg”. Oceanic Linguistics 36 (1). University of Hawai'i Press: 102–34.