|Region||Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur|
|(780,000 cited 1990 census)|
Historically written in Arabic
Official language in
|Regional language in the Philippines|
|Regulated by||Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino|
Area where Maranao is spoken
Iranun was once considered a dialect.
Maranao is spoken in the following areas (Ethnologue).
Maranaoan was historically written in Arabic letters, which were known as Batang Arab. It is now written with Latin letters. 
A, B, D, AE/Ë, E, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, NG, O, P, R, S, T, U, W, Y 
"AE", also spelled as "Ë", is pronounced as /ə/. However, in modern Maranao spelling, "AE"/"Ë" is merged with "E", except in some pronunciation guides.
Double vowels are pronounced separately. For example, "kapaar" is pronounced as /kapaʔaɾ/.
In some older orthographies, "q" is used for the glottal stop regardless of position, while in others an apostrophe is used. Nowadays, the glottal stop, regardless of position, is not marked in contemporary spelling.
The final /w/ sound in diphthongs and "W" were marked with "-o" in older orthographies, as in other Philippine languages, but both are nowadays spelled as "W". Also, "i" was used in older orthographies to transcribe /j/, which is currently spelled as "Y".
Below is the sound system of Mëranaw including underlying phonetic features.
Velar fricative [h]
- 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 Mëranaw is not distinctive as seen in other Philippine languages such as Ilokano and Ibanag. Some of these are:
- tëpad [təpːad] 'get off a vehicle'
- tëkaw [təkːaw] 'startled; surprised'
- Mëranaw is spoken by the Maranao tribe.
- Solutan [solutːan] (Sultan of Gandamatu) Sultan sa Gandamatu.
- Maranao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Maranao". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- A Maranao Dictionary, compiled by Howard P. McKaughan and Batua A. Macaraya.
- Lobel, Jason William. 2013. Philippine and North Bornean languages: issues in description, subgrouping, and reconstruction. Ph.D. dissertation. Manoa: University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
|Maranao language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
- Bansa.org, Maranao Dictionary
- The files for a Maranao lexical database with English glosses are archived with Kaipuleohone
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