Isnag language

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Not to be confused with Itneg, a South-Central Cordilleran language.
Native to Philippines
Region most parts of Apayao province, northern parts of Abra, Luzon
Native speakers
30,000–40,000  (1994)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
isd – Isnag
tiu – Adasen Itneg
Linguasphere 31-CCA-a incl. inner units 31-CCA-aa...-ae
Area where Isnag (including Adasen Isneg) is spoken according to Ethnologue
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Isnag (also called Isneg) is a language spoken by around 40,000 Isnag people of Apayao Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in the northern Philippines. Around 85% of Isnag are capable of reading the Isnag language.[citation needed] Many Isnag speakers also use Ilokano.


Ibanag is also one of the Philippine languages which is excluded from [ɾ]-[d] allophone.[citation needed]

Language sample[edit]

  • Isnag: Piyán tada din ya isaisa kadàtada wawwági, ta ya aminya ay gayát ke Dios. --1 Juan 4:7
    • Approximate English Translation: Friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. --1 John 4:7
  • Isnag: Ay day-dayáwan tada nge Dios, nga Dios se Ama naya Apu tada nga Jesu-Cristo. --1 Pedro 1:3
    • Approximate English Translation: Praise God, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. --1 Peter 1:3

Historical sound changes[edit]

The Proto-Malayo-Polynesian schwa ə has merged to /a/ such as *qatəp > atap (roof) similar to Kapampangan, atip in Tagalog and atup in Visayan.[2]


  1. ^ Isnag at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Adasen Itneg at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^