Ivatan is spoken by around 40 thousand people.
Austronesian language spoken exclusively in the Batanes Islands in the most
northern reaches of the Philippines.
With the islands'
proximity to Taiwan, the language is closer linguistically and
philologically to Taiwanese aborigine languages than to other Philippine
languages. However, the language is not placed in the Formosan languages
group. It is especially characterized by its word, which mostly have the
letter 'v', as in vakul, Ivatan, and valuga. Letter 'e', is pronounced as
the schwa oun, or 'uh', as in Dios Mamajes, 'di-yos-ma-ma-huhs', and palek 'pa-luhk'.
The Ivatan language is completely different from the rest of the other
Philippine languages, having been isolated and more closer to Taiwanese
aborigines, especially the Yami group.