Lowlands-L Anniversary Celebration

The Project

Language lists
Languages A–Z
Language Groups
Audio Files
Language information
Wish list

About Lowlands
Meet Lowlanders!
Project Team
Site map
Offline Resources
The Crypt
Language Tips
Members’ Links
Lowlands Shops
  · Canada
  · Deutschland
  · France
  · 日本 Japan
  · United Kingdom
  · United States
Recommended now!

What's new?

Please click here to leave an anniversary message (in any language you choose). You do not need to be a member of Lowlands-L to do so. In fact, we would be more than thrilled to receive messages from anyone.
Click here to read what others have written so far.

About the story
What’s with this “Wren” thing?
   The oldest extant version of the fable we are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology of Low Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”) collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read more ...

Sa Bikol

Mayon Vulcano dominates the landscape of Legazpi
City, Albay Province and much of the rest of Luzon’s
Bicol Peninsula. It last erupted on July 26, 2001.

Language information: Bikol (also known as Bicol, Bikolano and Bicolano) is used primarily in its traditional area which covers most of the Philippine’s Albay province, situated on the Bicol Peninsula of Luzon island. The name “Bikol” denotes both a specific language and a Central Philippine language group. The group consists of two sub-groups, northern and southern. The northern sub-group contains the dialects Northern Standard, Partido, and Southern Catanduanes, and the southern sub-group contains the dialects Rinconada, Buhinon, Libon, Western Miraya and Eastern Miraya. In addition, there is the specific sub-group of Northern Catanduanes. What is known as Central Standard Bikol consists of closely related varieties used mostly along the east coast of Albay province, including Naga City and Legazpi City. In particular, Naga Bikol is widely considered the standard, and virtually all Bikol publications utilize it. However, Naga Bikol, too, comes in a few varieties not all of which are considered “standard.” One such variety is that of Calabanga in Camarines Sur. In terms of phonology, Miraya Bikol is quite different from other Bikol varieties, and it is not normally written.
     Like several other languages of the Philippines, Bikol used to be written with the Baybayin script (which is more popularly known as Alibata), one of several syllabaries used on the Philippine Islands since pre-colonial times. While being very closely related to the Baybayin script used for Tagalog, the Baybayin script for Bikol has a slightly different look. The closest relative of the Baybayin script appears to be the Tagbanwa script of the Philippines’ Palawan Island. ALL languages and dialects are beautiful, precious gifts. So cherish yours and others! Share them with the world!These scripts appear to be at least partly derived from the Jawi script of Java, Bali and Sumatra, which is derived from the Brahmi-derived Pallava script of Southern India. Even now, some Baybayin letters resemble letters in other Filipino and Indonesian scripts, in the Lao, Khmer and Cham scripts as well as in South Indic scripts such as the ones used for Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. In its pre-colonial form, the Baybayin script omits all syllable-final consonants. The colonial Spanish administration introduced a revised version that sought to remedy this. Though there are people who wish to continue the Baybayin tradition, the script is now practically defunct and is used mostly for decorative purposes.

Genealogy: Austronesian > Malayo-Polynesian > Western > Philippines > Central > Bikol

Historical Lowlands language contacts: English

    Click to open the translation:
    [Calabanga (Naga)]
[Daet] [Legazpi] [Miraya] [Rinconada] [Tiwi] Click here for different versions. >

    Other Philippine language varieties: [Click]Click here for different versions. >

Author: Reinhard F. Hahn

© 2011, Lowlands-L · ISSN 189-5582 · LCSN 96-4226 · All international rights reserved.
Lowlands-L Online Shops: Canada · Deutschland · France · 日本 · UK · USA