Yakan language

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Native to Philippines
Region Basilan
Ethnicity Yakan people
Filipinos in Malaysia
Native speakers
(110,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Regional language in the Philippines
Regulated by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yka
Glottolog yaka1277[2]
Yakan language map.png
Area where Yakan is spoken

Yakan is a Sama–Bajaw language of Basilan Island in the Philippines. It is the native language of Yakan people, the indigenous as well as the largest ethnic group in the island. It has a total of 110,000 native speakers. Despite being located in the Philippines, it is not closely related to other Philippine languages but more closely related to Sama-Bajaw languages and possibly Barito languages in Indonesian Borneo and those in Madagascar and Mayotte.


  1. ^ Yakan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Yakan". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.