Maranao (Maranao [ˈmәranaw] Mëranaw) is an Austronesian language spoken by the Maranao people in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur in the Philippines, and in Sabah, Malaysia.
Below is the sound system of Maranao including underlying phonetic features.
Velar fricative [h]
According to Lobel (2013), [h] only occurs in a select number of Malay loanwords:
- tohan 'God'
- tahon 'astrological sign'
- hadapan 'in front (of God)'
Consonants are also pronounced longer if preceded with a schwa ə. However, this process is not a form of gemination since consonant elongation in Mëranao is not distinctive as seen in other Philippine languages such as Ilokano and Ibanag. Some of these are:
- tepad [təpːad] 'get off a vehicle'
- tekaw [təkːaw] 'starled; surprised'