Bol-anon, Binol-anon, Bisayâ nga Binol-anon, Binisayâ nga Bol-anon
RegionBohol, Southern Leyte and parts of Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region
Language codes
ISO 639-3
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Boholano (Cebuano: Binol-anon) is a variant of the Cebuano language spoken in the island province of Bohol in the Visayas and a major portion of Southern Leyte, as well as parts of Mindanao, particularly in Northern Mindanao and Caraga. It is sometimes erroneously described as a separate language[1] even though Binol-anon originated as a dialect continuum of the Cebuano language.[2][3]

Boholano, especially as spoken in central Bohol, can be distinguished from other Cebuano variants by a few phonetic changes:


The Bohol dialect developed in the region after the Cebuano language arrived there from Cebu. The Cebuano language, descended from Proto-Austronesian (ca. 6000 years ago), originated in the Sugbo heartland[2] and then "has spread from its base in Cebu" to Bohol, thus beginning the Bohol Cebuano dialect.[3]


  1. ^ "Lowlands-L Anniversary Celebration".
  2. ^ a b Woff, John U. (2001). "Cebuano". In Garry, Jane; Rubino, Carl (eds.). Facts About the World's Languages: An Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, Past and Present. New York: H. W. Wilson.
  3. ^ a b Wolff, John U. (1972). A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan (PDF). Cornell University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-09-30.