is it Bisaya, Visayan, or Cebuano? hmm...
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November 29th, 2007 – by: ctjevans
I'd been under the impression that "V" and "B" were allophones (and interchangeable) in the Philippines and I understood that to be the reason for the two different spellings for the local language. But I've now learned that native speakers of Visayan languages, especially Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and Waray-Waray not only refer to their language by their local name, but also by "Bisaya" or "Binisaya," meaning Visayan language. Both "Bisaya" and "Binisaya" are translated as "Visayan" in English and "Bisaya" in Tagalog. Therefore, the most proper words for me (as an English speaker) to call the language "Visayan" or (to be more specific) "Cebuano". I'm so glad it's finally clear to me now and just had to share it. ;-)
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