Central Sinama is a member of the Sama-Bajaw group of the Bornean branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken in the southern Philippines. It is closely related to Sinama Banguingi and Southern Sinama.
In the year 2000 there were thought to be about 105,000 speakers of Central Sinama. It is spoken in the provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, and in Sandakan in the State of Sabah.
There is a great number of dialects within the Central Sinama language depending upon the island of origin of the Sama group. These are some of the significant Central Sinama dialect groups: Sama Laminusa, Sama Tabawan, Sama Sibaud, Sama Manubal, Sama Musu', Sama Silumpak, and the Sama Dilaut, the sea gypsies well known throughout the Philippines as the Badjao. Sama Dilaut, or sama to'ongan ('genuine Sama'), is the largest dialect group with about 80,000 speakers in Sulu province, especially in Zamboanga City, and also in Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi province.
Sinama is written with the Latin alphabet.
Information about Sinama compiled by Kauman Sama Online
Sai na mbal alasa ma bahasana akalap lagi' min hayop maka min daing alangsa.
Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika, masahol pa sa hayop at malansang isda.
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal or a rotten fish.
Information about Central Sinama
Sinama Alphabet Song
Sinama Pronoun Chart
Linguistic Teaching in the Sinama Language
Page last modified: 04.01.22
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