Itneg language

Not to be confused with Isnag or Isneg, a Northern Cordilleran language.
Native to Philippines
Region Luzon
Ethnicity Igorot
Native speakers
17,000 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
itb  Binongan Itneg
iti  Inlaod Itneg
itt  Maeng Itneg
tis  Masadiit Itneg
ity  Moyadan Itneg
Glottolog itne1252[2]

Areas where the various Itneg dialects (including Kalinga Itneg) are spoken according to Ethnologue

Itneg is a South-Central Cordilleran dialect continuum found in the island of Luzon, Philippines. This language and Ilocano are spoken by the Itneg people (sometimes also referred to as the "Tingguian people") in Abra province.

Several ethnic-Itneg dialects are taxonomically part of the neighboring Kalinga language.

Locations and dialects

Ethnologue reports the following locations for each of the 5 Itneg languages.

However, Ronald Himes (1997)[3] recognizes 2 dialects for Itneg, namely Binongan (eastern) and Inlaod (western).


  1. Binongan Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Inlaod Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Maeng Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Masadiit Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Moyadan Itneg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Itneg". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Himes, Ronald S. 1997. “Reconstructions in Kalinga-itneg”. Oceanic Linguistics 36 (1). University of Hawai'i Press: 102–34.
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