- Visayan languages
Infobox Language family
Western VisayanThe Visayan languages of the Philippines, along with Tagalog and Bikol, are part of the Central Philippine language family. Most Visayan languages are spoken in the
Visayasregion but they are also spoken in the Bicol Region(particularly in Sorsogonand Masbate), islands south of Luzonsuch as those that make up Romblon, most of the areas of Mindanao, and the province of Sululocated southwest of Mindanao. Some residents of Metro Manilaalso speak Visayan.
Over thirty languages constitute the Visayan language family. The Visayan language with the most speakers is Cebuano, spoken by 20 million people as a native language in Central Visayas, northern and eastern parts of Mindanao. Two other well-known Visayan languages are Hiligaynon, spoken by 7 million in western Visayas and Waray-Waray spoken by 3 million in eastern Visayas.
Native speakers of Visayan languages, especially Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and Waray-Waray not only refer to their language by their local name, but also by "Bisaya" or "Binisaya", meaning "Visayan language". This is misleading or may lead to confusion as different languages may be called "Bisaya" by their respective speakers despite their languages being mutually unintelligible. However, languages that are classified within the Visayan language family but spoken natively in places outside of the
Visayasdo not use the self-reference "Bisaya" or "Binisaya". To speakers of Butuanon, Suriganon, and Masbatenyo, the term "Visaya" usually refers to Cebuano. Since Tausugs are mostly Muslims, they view the term "Bisaya" as a religious term referring to Christian Filipinos (mostly referring either to Cebuano or Hiligaynon as they are the neighboring languages). One must also recognize the distinction between this Bisaya language and people and that of the Malaysian Bisaya.
*Asi - spoken in towns on
Tablas Islandas well as the islands of Banton, Simara, and Maestro de Campo in Romblonprovince..
*Cebuano - includes
Boholano, Leytehanon and Mindanao Visayan dialects.
Table of speakers
List of visayan words
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