Southern Alta language

Southern Alta
Kabulowan, Kabuluwan
Native to Philippines
Region Luzon
Native speakers
(1,000 cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 agy
Glottolog sout2905[2]

Area where Southern Alta is spoken according to Ethnologue

Southern Alta (also called Kabuluen,[3] Kabulowan or Kabuluwan), is a distinctive Aeta language of the mountains of northern Philippines. It is not close to Northern Alta or to other languages of Luzon.

Southern Alta is spoken primarily in the Sierra Madre of eastern Nueva Ecija and in nearby coastal areas of Quezon Province (Reid 1991:2). Lawrence Reid (1991) collected data from San Miguel, located east of Rio Chico, a barrio (barangay) of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.


  1. Southern Alta at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Southern Alta". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Reid, Lawrence A. 1994. "Possible Non-Austronesian Lexical Elements in Philippine Negrito Languages." In Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jun. 1994), pp. 37-72.

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