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Capiznon language

Binisaya, Binisaya nga Capiz, Bisaya
Native to Philippines
Region most parts of coastal Capiz, and some portions of Iloilo, Masbate, and Aklan
Native speakers
640,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cps
Glottolog capi1239[2]
Area where Capiznon is spoken

Capiznon (Spanish: capiceño[3][4][5]) is an Austronesian language spoken in Western Visayas in the Philippines. Capiznon is concentrated in the province of Capiz in the northeast of Panay Island. It is a member of the Visayan language family and the people are part of the wider Visayan ethnolinguistic group, who constitute the largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group. The language is often confused with Hiligaynon due to dialectological comprehension similarities and as high as 91% mutual intelligibility,[6] but it has its certain unique accent and vocabulary that integrates Aklanon and Waray lexicon.[7] Despite its distinct corruption of Hiligaynon lateral approximants, a prevalent feature among rural farmers, ethnic convergence and cosmopolitanism has led to a shift back to the purely Hiligaynon prosodic form of slower tonality and softer and longer vowels most particularly among the younger generations.


  • Capiznon Speaking Municipalities 1
    • Iloilo 1.1
    • Masbate 1.2
  • Common Lexical Differences between Capiznon and Hiligaynon Language 2
  • References 3

Capiznon Speaking Municipalities



Common Lexical Differences between Capiznon and Hiligaynon Language

Capiznon Hiligaynon English
yanda subong today/now
ini/mini/muni ini/amo ini this
ina/mina/muna ina/amo ina that
patawa kadlaw laugh
palataw-an kaladlawan funny
malukong yahong bowl
ti-aw/dinaskal lango-lango joke
palanggana labador washbasin
pawa sanag bright/luminous
wakal/hambal hambal talk
lagbong/hulog hulog fall
puya bata child
pilaw tuyo sleepy
tamarindo sambag tamarind tree
tangis hibi cry
laong lisensya consent
siki tiil foot
mayad maayo fine
gutos lakat/baktas to travel by foot
gumangkon hinablos nephew/niece
libod lagaw to stroll around


  1. ^ Capiznon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Capiznon".  
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