Native toPhilippines
RegionSouthwest Mindanao
Native speakers
(250,000 cited 1981 [needs update])[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
ilp – Philippine Iranun
ilm – Malaysian Iranun
Areas where Iranun is spoken

The Iranun language (Jawi: إيراناونساي), also known as Iranon or Illanun, is an Austronesian language belonging to the Danao languages spoken in the provinces of Maguindanao del Norte and other part of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte, coastal municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur from Tukuran to Dumalinao and Cotabato in southern Philippines and the Malaysian state of Sabah. It is the second most spoken language in Maguindanao after the Maguindanao language.[2]


Iranun is spoken in the following areas:[3]



Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s
Trill r
Lateral l
Approximant w j


Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u
Open a

Sounds /i, u, a/ can also have allophones of [ɪ, e], [o], [ʌ], among speakers.[4]


  1. ^ Philippine Iranun at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Malaysian Iranun at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Maguindanao: Population to Reach One Million in 2006 (Results from the 2000 Census of Population and Housing, NSO)." Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine National Statistics Office. N.p., 1 Oct. 2002. Web. 16 July 2013.
  3. ^ Ethnologue
  4. ^ Allison, E. Joe (1979). Proto-Danaw: A comparative study of Maranaw, Magindanaw, and Iranun. In Papers in Philippine Linguistics No. 10: Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. pp. 53–112.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)