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Balangao language

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Balangaw, Balangao Bontoc
Native toPhilippines
EthnicityBalangao people
Native speakers
21,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3blw
Area where Balangao is spoken according to Ethnologue

Balangao or Balangaw (also called Balangao Bontoc) is an Austronesian language spoken in northern Luzon, Philippines. It is spoken in the central area of Mountain Province, and into Tanudan municipality of Kalinga Province.



Balangao has the following phoneme inventory:[2]

Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u
Mid e o
Open a

The central vowels /a/ and /ɨ/ each have a lowered and a raised allophone, viz. [a]~[ə] for /a/, and [ə]~[ɨ] for /ɨ/.

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative s h
Approximant l j w

The voiced stops /b/, /d/ and /g/ have voiceless allophones [f], [t͡ʃ], [] in syllable position.


  1. ^ Balangao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Shetler, Joanne (1976). Notes on Balangao grammar. Language Data: Asian-Pacific Series No. 9. Huntington Beach: Summer Institute of Linguistics.