Northern Alta language

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Northern Alta
Native to Philippines
Region Luzon
Native speakers
200  (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aqn
Glottolog nort2875[2]
Area where Northern Alta is spoken according to Ethnologue

Northern Alta (also called Edimala) is a distinctive Aeta language of the mountains of northern Philippines. It is not close to Southern Alta or to other languages of Luzon.

There are Northern Alta speakers known as Edimala who live in the Sierra Madre along the river valleys that flow out to the Baler plain in Aurora Province. The Northern Alta also reportedly live in Dibut, on the coast south of Baler, and north of Dicapanisan. Reid (1991) collected Northern Alta data from a speaker of Malabida, who was visiting in Bayanihan, an Ilongot-speaking barangay north of Maria Aurora, Aurora at the edge of the Sierra Madre.

Jason Lobel and Laura Robinson have also done fieldwork on Northern Alta in 2006 (Lobel 2013:87).


  1. ^ Northern Alta at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Northern Alta". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.