|Region||twin provinces of 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).
- almost all of Lanao del Sur Province
- Lanao del Norte Province: southern half, north of Lake Lanao
- northwestern Maguindanao Province: Matanog, Bariya, Buldon, and northern Parang municipalities
- northwestern Cotabato northwest and west-central Bukidnon provinces
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/.
Double vowels are pronounced separately. For example, "kapaar" is pronounced as /kapaʔaɾ/.
However, in some orthographies, "q" is used for the glottal stop regardless of position, and "di" is used to transcribe the /d͡ʒ/ sound, such as "radia" (from the Sanskrit word for "king", "Rāja").
"H" is only used for Malay loanwords. 
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 (Sultan) (Sultan of Gandamatu) Sultan sa Gandamatu.
- Maranaoan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Maranao". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- 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
|This Austronesian languages-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|