There are over 120 languages spoken in the Philippines.
Does Philippines have 170 languages?
The country of the Philippines, with a modest population of 85 million, is home to more than 170 languages. Not as much as Papua New Guinea that has approximately 820 languages—but still, 170 is a big number.
How many languages and dialects are there in the Philippines?
There are approximately more than 175 languages and dialects in the Philippines which form part of the regional languages group. A few of these languages and dialects are spoken by in islands communities such as Abaknon in Capul island.
Why are there so many languages in the Philippines?
The Filipino languages have been influenced by many other language groups throughout their history, as well as being influenced by each other. Their position in the Pacific Ocean so near Asia has allowed them many opportunities for trade and correspondence with other nations and languages.
Is Filipino a dying language?
According to the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), the Philippines has 183 living languages—almost 96 percent of which are indigenous. The SIL lists 11 of these as “dying,” while 28 are “in trouble.” Two Aeta languages, Dicamay Agta and Villa Viciosa Agta, are already extinct.