Palawan Batak
Native toPhilippines
Ethnicity2,040 (1990 census)[1]
Native speakers
200 (2000)[1]
Tagbanwa script
Language codes
ISO 639-3bya

Batak is an Austronesian language spoken by the Batak people on Palawan Island in the Philippines. It is sometimes disambiguated from the Batak languages as Palawan Batak.

Batak is spoken in the communities of Babuyan, Maoyon, Tanabag, Langogan, Tagnipa, Caramay, and Buayan. Surrounding languages include Southern Tagbanwa, Central Tagbanwa, Kuyonon, and Agutaynen.[2]


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s
Lateral l
Rhotic ɾ~r
Approximant w j
Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u
Open a


Personal pronouns[4]
nominative genitive oblique
enclitic preposed aku ku akɨn kanakɨn ikaw/ka mu imu kanimu kanya ya kanya kanya kita/ta ta atɨn kanatɨn tami tami atɨn kanatɨn kami men amɨn kanamɨn kamu mi imyu kanimyu sira sira sira kanira


  1. ^ a b Batak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Lobel, Jason (2013). Philippine and North Bornean Languages: Issues in Description, Subgrouping, and Reconstruction (PDF) (PhD thesis). University of Hawaiʻi. p. 87.
  3. ^ a b Reid, Lawrence A. (1971). Philippine Minor Languages: Word Lists and Phonologies. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications. University of Hawai'i Press. p. 4. ISBN 087022-691-6. JSTOR 20019132. LCCN 70-150659.
  4. ^ Morey, Virginia (1961). "Some particles and pronouns in Batak". Philippine Journal of Science. 90: 263–270.