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Tagalog

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 23,853,200

 

Language Family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian

 

Spoken in:
 
Manila, most of Luzon, and Mindoro. Also in Canada, Guam, Libya, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

 

 

History:
 

The name Tagalog derives from tagá-ílog, which means "resident beside the river". Little is known of the history of the language before the arrival of the Spanish in the Philippines during the 16th century as no eariler written materials have been found.

 

The earliest known book in Tagalog is the Doctrina Cristiana (Christian Doctrine) which was published in 1593. It was written in Spanish and Tagalog, with the Tagalog text in both Baybayin and the Latin alphabet

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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