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Kinaray-a is a member of the Visayan branch of the Philippine language family. It is spoken mainly in the Province of Antique (Probinsiya kang Antique) in the Western Visayas region, and also in Iloilo and other parts of Panay Island. In 1994 there were 380,000 Kinaray-a speakers.

Kinaray-a is also known as Karay-a, Hamtikanon, Hiniraya, Binisaya nga Karay-a or Bisaya nga Kinaray-a. The name Kinaray-a comes from iraya (mountain dwellers).

Kinaray-a speakers can understand Hiligaynon and Illonggo, however speakers of those languages can only understand Kinaray-a if they live in Kinaray-a-speaking areas.

Kinaray-a alphabet

Kinaray-a alphabet

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Details of Kinaray-a pronunciation provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Ang Kinaray-a matahum, madalum, matuod, matam-is, kag manggadan. Bukun dya ti labaw ukon kubus nga harambalun, kag bisan tuod bukas sa pagsimpon agud mangin mas madalum kag mas matayog, ang Kinaray-a puraw, nga angay sa buta nga tadyaw, indi masimbugan kang tinaga nga pangayaw.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/blogs/opinions/08/12/15/kinaray-writing-contest

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Information about the Kinaray-a languages

Philippine languages

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