The Sambalic languages are a part of the Central Luzon language family spoken by the Sambals, an ethnolinguistic group on the western coastal areas of Central Luzon and the Zambales
Zambales mountain ranges.
1 Demographics 2 Internal classification 3 External relationships 4 Speakers 5 Sample text 6 See also 7 References
7.1 Citations 7.2 Bibliography
8 External links
Sambalic languages are Sambal, Bolinao, and Botolan with
approximately 200,000, 105,000 and 72,000 speakers respectively based
on the 2007 population statistics from the National Statistical
Coordination Board (NSCB). These figures are the combined
population of the municipalities where the language is spoken.
For the Sambali or Sambal ethnolinguistic subgrouping, the estimated
number of speakers is based on the total population of Santa Cruz,
Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, and Iba municipalities of Zambales. For
the Sambal Bolinao subgrouping, a projected number of speakers is
taken from the combined populations of Anda and Bolinao municipalities
of Pangasinan. The Sambal Botolan subgroup, on the other hand, takes
the aggregated population of Botolan and Cabangan municipalities. The
rest are smaller languages spoken almost exclusively within various
Ayta Abellen, Botolan Sambal Tina Sambal, Bolinao Ayta Mag-indi, Ayta Mag-antsi Ayta Ambala
Ayta Magbukun was not included in Stone's (2008) classification.
Sambalic languages are most closely related to Kapampangan and to
an archaic form of Tagalog still spoken in Tanay in the province of
Rizal. This has been interpreted to mean that Sambal-speakers had once
inhabited that area, later being displaced by migrating
Tagalog-speakers, pushing the original inhabitants northward to what
is now the province of Zambales, in turn, displacing the Aetas.
There is also a possible relationship between these Sambalic language
speakers and the population of the island provinces of Marinduque and
Romblon based on commonalities in some traditions and practices.
Sambal (Spanish: Zambal) is the common collective name for all
Sambalic languages speakers. It is also the term referring to the
Sambalic language subgrouping in northern municipalities of Zambales,
which comprises the majority of Sambals or more than 50 percent
(200,000) of all
Sambalic languages speakers (390,000). Sambal may
also refer to the inhabitants of
Sample text Below are translations in Sambal, Bolinao, and Botolan of the Philippine national proverb “He/She who does not acknowledge his/her beginnings will not reach his/her destination”, followed by the original in Tagalog.
Tagalog Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan.
English He (She) who does not know how to look back at his (her) origin will not arrive at his destination.
Bolinao Si [tawon] kai magtanda’ lumingap sa ibwatan [na], kai ya mirate’ sa keen [na].
Botolan Hay ahe nin nanlek ha pinag-ibatan, ay ahe makarateng ha lalakwen.
Sambal Hiyay kay tanda mamanomtom ha pinag'ibatan, kay 'ya maka'lato ha ampako'tawan.
Languages of the Philippines Sambal people
^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds.
Stone, Roger (2008). "Studies in Philippine Languages and Cultures" (PDF). 19. SIL International: 158–183.
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Sambali Bolinao Botolan
Indi (Mag-Indi) Antsi (Mag-Antsi) Abellen Ambala Mariveleño
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Philippine Negrito languages
Atta Arta Northern Alta Southern Alta Central Cagayan Agta
Dupaningan Agta Dinapigue Agta Casiguran Dumagat Agta Nagtipunan Agta Paranan Agta
Ayta Mag-indi Ayta Mag-anchi Ayta Abellen Ayta Ambala Ayta Magbukun (Mariveleño) Remontado Dumagat
Manide Inagta Alabat (Inagta Lopez) Katabangan †
Inagta Rinconada Inagta Partido Mount Iraya Agta †
Ata Magahat Karolanos
Ata Manobo Matigsalug (Tigwa)
Umiray Dumaget Ati
Cross (†) and italics indicate extinc