Bolinao language

Bolinao language

Infobox Language
name=Bolinao language
nativename=Binu-Bolinao
states=Philippines
region=Bolinao, Anda
speakers=~50,000 [ [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=smk Ethnologue report for language code:smk ] ]
familycolor=Austronesian
fam2=Malayo-Polynesian
fam3=Borneo-Philippines
fam4=Central Luzon
fam5=Sambalic
agency=Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
(Commission on the Filipino Language)
iso2=phi|iso3=smk
The Bolinao language (Bolinao: "Binu-Bolinao") is spoken primarily in the Pangasinense municipality of Anda and the town of Bolinao. It has approximately 50,000 speakers (Ethnologue 1990), making it the second most widely spoken Sambalic language.

Phonology

Bolinao has 21 phonemes: 16 consonants and five vowels. Syllable structure is relatively simple. Each syllable contains at least a consonant and a vowel.

Vowels

Bolinao has five vowels. They are:
*IPA|/a/ an open front unrounded vowel similar to English "father"
*IPA|/ə/ (written as ) a mid central vowel pronounced as in English "telephone"
*IPA|/i/ a close front unrounded vowel similar to English "machine"
*IPA|/o/ a close-mid back rounded vowel similar to English "forty"
*IPA|/u/ a Close back rounded vowel similar to English "flute"There are six main diphthongs: IPA|/aɪ/, IPA|/əɪ/, IPA|/oɪ/, IPA|/uɪ/, IPA|/aʊ/, and IPA|/iʊ/.

Consonants

Below is a chart of Bolinao consonants. All the stops are unaspirated. The velar nasal occurs in all positions including at the beginning of a word.

Philippine national proverb

The Philippine national proverb [ [http://iloko.tripod.com/philproverb.html National Philippine Proverb in Various Philippine Languages ] ] “He who does not acknowledge his beginnings will not reach his destination,” translated into Bolinao and followed by the original in Tagalog:
*Bolinao: “Si [tawon] kai magtanda’ lumingap sa nangibwatan [na] , kai ya mirate’ sa keen [na] .”
*Tagalog: “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan.”

ee also

*Languages of the Philippines

References

External links

* [http://www.binubolinao.net/ Binubolinao.net] , website dedicated to the preservation of the Bolinao language, featuring a downloadable dictionary and introductory lessons


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