Albay Bikol language

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Albay Bikol
Native to Philippines
Region Bicol
Native speakers
1.9 million (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bhkinclusive code
Individual codes:
ubl – Buhi'non Bikol
lbl – Libon Bikol
rbl – Miraya Bikol
fbl – West Albay Bikol
Glottolog alba1269[2]

Albay Bikol, or simply Albayanon is a group of languages and one of the three languages that compose Inland Bikol. It is spoken in Buhi, Camarines Sur, western coast of Albay and northwestern Sorsogon. The languages included in this group are Buhinon, Libon, East Miraya and West Miraya. It is one of the 13 major languages and the largest unrecognized regional language in the Philippines.[citation needed]

The region is bordered by the Costal Bikol and Rinconada Bikol or Riŋkonāda speakers. The latter is the closest language of Albay Bikol and is mutually intelligible. They are both included in Inland Bikol group of languages.

Albay Bikol is the only sub-group of the Inland Bikol group with several languages with in it. The member languages in this sub-grouping lack stressed syllables, rare, if there is, and that makes them different and unique from other Bikol languages. The said feature of Albay Bikol is comparable to French language that rarely use stressed syllables.

Geographic Distribution[edit]

  • Buhinon

- spoken in the municipality of Buhi, Camarines Sur (The only Albay Bikol language spoken in Camarines Sur province).

  • Libon

- spoken in the municipality of Libon, Albay.

  • West Miraya (Oasnón)

- spoken in Ligao City and in the municipalities of Oas, Pio Duran, Polangui, in Albay province.

  • East Miraya (Daragueño)

- spoken in Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga and Jovellar in Albay province.
- spoken in Donsol and Pilar in Sorsogon province.

Dialectal variation[edit]

"Were you there at the market for a long time?" translated into Albay Bikol languages, Coastal Bikol and Rinconada Bikol or Riŋkonāda.

Coastal Bikol Buhinon Libon Oasnon/West Miraya Daraga/East Miraya Rinconada Bikol or Riŋkonāda
Nahaloy ka duman sa saodan? Naәgәy ika adto sa saran? Nauban ika adto sa saod? Naәlәy ka idto sa sәd? Naulay ka didto sa saran? Naәban ikā sadtō sāran?

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Albay Bikol language at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Albay Bicolano". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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