Filipinos in Malaysia
|(110,000 cited 1990 census)|
Official language in
|Regional language in the Philippines|
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Area where Yakan is spoken
Yakan is a Sama–Bajaw language of Basilan Island in the Philippines. It is the native language of Yakan people, the indigenous as well as the largest ethnic group in the island. It has a total of 110,000 native speakers. Despite being located in the Philippines, it is not closely related to other Philippine languages but more closely related to Sama-Bajaw languages and possibly Barito languages in Indonesian Borneo and those in Madagascar and Mayotte.