Davaoeño language

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Native toPhilippines
RegionDavao Region, Mindanao
Native speakers
(150,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3daw

Davaoeño (Dabawenyo) is a language of the Davao Region of Mindanao in the Philippines. According to Zorc (1977), it is a native Mansakan language influenced by Cebuano and Tagalog.[3] Traditionally, it was the principal language of the Davaoeño people, but it is no longer spoken in Davao City as speakers have shifted to a local dialect of the Cebuano language, called Davaoeño Cebuano (and often just called Davaoeño).

The Davaoeño language and Davaoeño Cebuano are also not to be confused with the extinct Davaoeño dialect of the Chavacano language that was once spoken in Davao (known as Chavacano Davaoeño or Davaoeño).


  1. ^ Davaoeño at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Davawenyo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Zorc, David Paul (1977). The Bisayan Dialects of the Philippines: Subgrouping and Reconstruction. Canberra, Australia: Dept. of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University. p. 21. doi:10.15144/PL-C44. ISBN 0858831570.