The Bikol languages are a group of Central Philippine languages spoken mostly in the Bicol Peninsula in the island of Luzon, the neighboring island province of Catanduanes and the island of Burias of Masbate. There is a dialect continuum between the Visayan languages and the Bikol languages; the two together are called the Bisakol languages.
An essay written in a Bikol dialect.
The languages of Bikol grouped according to Ethnologue are:
Curtis McFarland gives the following classification for the Bikol languages.
| North Catanduanes
| Inland Bikol
| Coastal Bikol
While McFarland (1974) splits Bikol into 11 dialects, Lobel (2000) splits Bikol into 12 different dialects (including Partido Bikol, which McFarland does not differentiate) and 4 main branches.
- Central Standard – Spoken primarily in Naga City. Also recognized (and sometimes understood) in Daet, Camarines Norte and many other areas of Camarines Sur; San Pascual, Masbate on Burias Island; Legazpi City and other cities along the eastern coast of Albay, southwestern coast of Catanduanes, and northeastern Sorsogon.
- Daet area variant
- Naga City area variant
- Eastern Standard Bikol – Spoken in and around Legazpi City, Catanduanes southern and northern town of San Andres and Caramoran and North Sorsogon
- Partido – Spoken in the Camarines Sur municipalities of Ocampo, Goa, Tigaon, Lagonoy, Sagñay, and San Jose. This dialect has a mellow intonation and is heavily influenced by Riŋkonāda.
- South Catanduanes – Spoken in the southern half of Catanduanes.
- Virac area variant
- Bato area variant
- Baras area variant
- San Miguel variant (transitional to North Catanduanes)
- Riŋkonāda – Spoken primarily in Iriga City, Baao; Bula; Balatan; Baao; and Nabua, Camarines Sur. Also in Ocampo, Buhi and Pili in Camarines Sur and in parts of Polangui, Albay.
- Lowland Riŋkonāda dialect (lacks /ə/ vowel)
- Highland Riŋkonāda dialect (with /ə/ vowel)
- Buhinon – Spoken in Buhi, Camarines Sur. Contains features from both Bikol of Polangui and Bikol of Iriga.
- Libon – Spoken in Libon, Albay.
- West Miraya – Spoken in Ligao City, Polangui, Oas, and Pio Duran, Albay.
- East Miraya – Spoken in Guinobatan; Camalig; Daraga; Jovellar, Albay; Donsol and Pilar, Sorsogon.
- Central (Guinobatan)
- Far East (Camalig, Daraga)
- Southeast (Jovellar, Albay, Donsol, Pilar)
- Pandan Bikol – Spoken by about 80,000 people or the northern half of Catanduanes.
- Bagamanoc area variant
- Caramoran area variant (transitional to South Catanduanes)
- Gigmoto area variant (transitional to South Catanduanes)
- Pandan area variant
- Panganiban area variant
- Viga area variant
- Central Sorsogon – Spoken in Sorsogon City; Castilla; Casiguran; and Juban, Sorsogon.
- Castilla Sorsogon (mixed with Legazpi Bikol)
- Casiguran-Juban variant
- Southern Sorsogon also known as Gubat language – Spoken in Gubat; Barcelona; Bulusan; Santa Magdalena; Matnog; Irosin; and Bulan, Sorsogon.
- Masbateño – Spoken in Masbate City; Mobo; Uson; Dimasalang; Palanas; Masbate; Aroroy on the island of Masbate, all of Ticao Island, and Claveria on the southern half of Burias Island.
- Standard Masbateño
- Ticao Island variant
Some dialects of Southern Bikol have the close central unrounded vowel /ɨ/ as a reflex of Proto-Austronesian *e. However, Proto-Austronesian *e is realized as /o/ in Libon. Two Bikol dialects have unique additional consonants, namely Southern Catanduanes, which has an interdental lateral consonant /l̟/ (also transcribed as l̪͆ ), and Buhi-non, which has the voiced velar fricative /ɣ/.
- ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bikol". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- ^ McFarland, Curtis D. The Dialects of the Bikol Area. Ph.D. dissertation. New Haven: Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University, 1974.
- ^ Lobel, Jason William, Tria, Wilmer Joseph S., and Carpio, Jose Maria Z. 2000. An satuyang tataramon / A Study of the Bikol Language. Naga City, Philippines: Lobel & Tria Partnership, Co.: Holy Rosary Minor Seminary.
- ^ http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/1772/olson.html
- ^ https://vagabonddrifter.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/interdental-lateral/
- ^ Lobel, Jason. 2009. "Bikol". In Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World, 158-161. Oxford: Elsevier.
- Lobel, Jason William; Tria, Wilmer Joseph S. and Carpio, Jose Maria Z. 2000. An satuyang tataramon / A Study of the Bikol Language. Naga City, Philippines: Lobel & Tria Partnership, Co.: Holy Rosary Minor Seminary.
||Wikivoyage has a phrasebook for Bikol.