Ifugao language

Native to Philippines
Region Ifugao, Luzon
Native speakers
(130,000 cited 1987–2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
ifb  Batad Ifugao
ifa  Amganad Ifugao
ifu  Mayoyao Ifugao
ifk  Tuwali language
Glottolog ifug1247[2]

Area where the Ifugao dialect continuum is spoken according to Ethnologue

Ifugao or Batad is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in the northern valleys of Ifugao, Philippines. It is a member of the Northern Luzon subfamily and is closely related to the Bontoc and Kankanaey languages.[3] It is a dialect continuum, and its four main varieties—such as Tuwali—are sometimes considered separate languages.[4]

Loanwords from other languages, such as the Ilocano language, are replacing some older terminology.[5]


The unified Ifugao alphabet is as follows: A, B, D, E, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, Ng, O, P, T, U, W, Y. The letters are pronounced differently depending on the dialect of speaker.[6]


  1. Batad Ifugao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Amganad Ifugao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Mayoyao Ifugao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Tuwali language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ifugaw". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. (Lebar, 1975: 78)
  4. (Newell and Poligon, 1993)
  5. Kinnud, Richard (2013-08-21). "Language Change in the Cordillera". Sun.Star. Baguio. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  6. Hay Mahun an Bahaon, A Pre-Primer in Ayangan Ifugao. Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1984.

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