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Tagbanwa    Tagbanwa alphabet

There are three languages known as Tagbawan: Aborlan Tagbanwa, Calamian Tagbanwa and Central Tagbanwa, and they are spoken in Palawan in the Philippines. They belong to the Philippine branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family, and are not mutually intelligible. Calamian Tagbanwa has about 10,000 speakers, Central Tagbanwa has about 2,000 speakers, and Aborland Tagbanwa has about 10,000 speakers.

The Tagbanwa alphabet was used until the 17th century, and is closely related to Baybayin. It is thought to have descended from the Kawi script of Java, Bali and Sumatra, which in turn descended from the Pallava script, one of the southern Indian scripts derived from Brahmi.

Notable features

Tagbanwa alphabet

Tagbanwa alphabet

Sample text in Tagbanwa (Lord's prayer)

Sample text in Tagbanwa (Lord's prayer)

Source: http://archive.org/details/tagbanwaalphabet00romurich

Supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl

Tower of Babel in Tagbanwa

Links

Information about the Tagbanwa alphabet and languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagbanwa_alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aborlan_Tagbanwa_language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Tagbanwa_language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamian_Tagbanwa_language
http://www.ethnologue.org/show_language.asp?code=tgt
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/29792634?uid=3738032&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=47699044966057

Free Tagbanwa font
http://youpibouh.thefreecat.org/download/tagbanwa.htm

Information about Philippine history, language, writing, etc
http://www.mts.net/~pmorrow

An introduction to the alphabets of the Philippines by Hector Santos
http://www.bibingka.com/dahon

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas