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Albay Bikol
Native toPhilippines
Native speakers
700,000; 300,000 of rbl; 260,000 of fbl; 73,600 of ubl; 68,800 of lbl (2009 SIL)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
ubl – Buhi'non Bikol
lbl – Libon Bikol
rbl – Miraya Bikol
fbl – West Albay Bikol

Albay Bikol, or simply Albayanon is a group of languages and one of the three languages that compose Inland Bikol. It is spoken in the southwestern coast of Albay, (Pio Duran, Jovellar) and northwestern Sorsogon. The region is bordered by the Coastal Bikol and Rinconada Bikol speakers. The latter is the closest language of Albay Bikol and is mutually intelligible. They are both included in Inland Bikol group of languages.

Albay Bikol is the only sub-group of the Inland Bikol group with several languages with in it. The member languages in this sub-grouping lack stressed syllables, rare, if there is, and that makes them different and unique from other Bikol languages. The said feature of Albay Bikol is comparable to French and Portuguese languages that rarely use stressed syllables.

Dialectal variation

"Were you there at the market for a long time?" translated into Albay Bikol languages, Coastal Bikol and Rinconada Bikol.

Coastal Bikol Buhinon Libon Oasnon/West Miraya Daraga/East Miraya Rinconada Bikol
Nahaloy ka duman sa saod? Naëǧëy ika adto sa saran? Nauban ika adto sa sawd? Naëlëy ka idto sa sëd? Naëlay ka didto sa sâran? Naәban ikā sadtō sāran?

See also


  1. ^ Albay Bikol language at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009) Closed access icon