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]
Northern Alta language map.png
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.

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

Geographical distribution[edit]

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 municipality, 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. Ethnologue also reports that Northern Alta is spoken in San Luis, Aurora.

Reid (1994)[3] lists the following locations for Northern Alta.


  1. ^ Northern Alta at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Northern Alta". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Reid, Lawrence A. 1994. "Possible Non-Austronesian Lexical Elements in Philippine Negrito Languages." In Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jun. 1994), pp. 37-72.