Cebuano, also known as Bisaya, Visayan, Binisayâ and
Sugbuanon, is a
the Western, or Indonesian, branch of the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language family.
closely related to the
Hiligayon (Ilongo) and Waray languages, with
which it is sometimes grouped as dialects of a Visayan (Bisayan) language.
Native Cebuano speakers
constitute about one-fourth of the population of the Philippines and as such
comprise the largest linguistic and cultural group in the country.
spoken by almost
people (1990 census, about 24.4%
of the population of Philippines), in the regions of Negros, Cebu,
Bohol, Visayas and parts of Mindanao.
The name came from the Philippine island of Cebu, with the Spanish suffix -ano
meaning native, of a place, added at the end. Cebuano is given the ISO 639-2
Cebuano is a language with Verb-Subject-Object sentence order. It uses
prepositions rather than postpositions. Nouns come after adjectives, but
before genitives or relative phrases.
Cebuano has long borrowed words from
Spanish, such as krus (cross) and
brilyante (brilliant). It has several hundreds of loan words from
well, which are altered to conform to the limited phonemic inventory of Cebuano: brislit (bracelet), hayskul (high school), syapin (shopping),
dikstrus (dextrose), sipir (zipper), bigsyat (big shot), or prayd tsikin
Cebuano has sixteen consonants: p, t, k, ? (the glottal stop), b, d,
g, m, n, ng, s, h, w, l, r and y. There are three vowels: i, a, and
u/o. The vowels u and o are
allophones, with u always being used when it is the
beginning of a syllable, and o always used when it
ends a syllable. Accent is also a distinguisher of words, so that
dápit means "to invite", while dapít means "place".
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