Cotabato Manobo language

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Cotabato Manobo
Region Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, the Philippines
Native speakers
30,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mta
Glottolog cota1241[2]
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Cotabato Manobo is a Manobo language spoken in Mindanao, the Philippines.



Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid ɛ ə ɔ
Open-mid a
  • /i u/ are realized as [ɪ ʊ] in closed syllables.
  • /ɛ/ is realized as [e] when it is preceded by /k/ and in an open syllable.
  • /a/ is realized as [ɜ] when it is followed by /h/ or /ʔ/.
  • /ɔ/ is realized as [ɒ] when it is followed by /h/, /ʔ/, or /ɡ/, or when word-initial and followed by /k/. For some speakers it may also be realized as [ɒ] before or after /k/ when not word-initial.


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Rounded
Stop Voiceless t k ʔ
Voiced b d ɡ
Fricative ɸ s h
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral l
Semivowel j w

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cotabato Manobo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Cotabato Manobo". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.