DLI - Maranao Language Course
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This Maranao course contains dialogs and drills for the intermediate student of the Maranao language, or for those who already have knowledge of another Philippine language, like Tagalog or Maguindanaon. The sixty-four dialogs, with translations in English, cover a broad range of topics. The drills cover a similarly broad range of aspects of the grammar.
Maranao is a language spoken by the ethnolinguistic group of the same name, numbering just over a million speakers in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur in the southern island Mindanao in the Republic of the Philippines. It is closely related to the Iranun and Maguindanaon languages further south in Mindanao, as well as to the Iranun of Sabah (called Ilanun in Malay). Together with Iranun and Maguindanaon, Maranao is part of the Danao subgroup of Greater Central Philippine languages.
There are a number of spelling systems that are in use both by Maranaos themselves and in the various publications that have been written about the Maranao language. The spelling system used herein corresponds to that used in most of the available Maranao dictionaries and literacy materials. It includes 20 letters (15 consonants and 5 vowels, not counting the glottal stop, which is not written), not including letters used for spelling unassimilated words of English and Arabic origin. The vowels "a", "i", "o" and "u" generally correspond to their equivalents in Tagalog or Spanish, which the vowel "e" represents the schwa, as in English "but", "what", or "shut." These vowels are raised after a voiced stop (b, d, g) or a semivowel (w, y). The consonants have the same values as their equivalents in Tagalog: b, d, g, h, k, l, m, n, ng, p, r, s, t, w, y.
Maranao is an Austronesian language spoken by the Maranao people in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur in the Philippines, and in Sabah, Malaysia.
Maranao is spoken in: Philippines
Maranao has no known alternate names.