Yakan language

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Native toPhilippines
EthnicityYakan people
Filipinos in Malaysia
Native speakers
(110,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Regional language in the Philippines
Regulated byKomisyon sa Wikang Filipino
Language codes
ISO 639-3yka
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Area where Yakan is spoken

Yakan is a language of Basilan Island in the Philippines. It is the native language of Yakan people, the indigenous as well as the largest ethnic group on 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 Malaysian 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, eds. (2017). "Yakan". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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