If you went to the Philippines, what language would you hear? That’s a trick question—there are more than 180 languages spoken all throughout this remarkably linguistically diverse Southeast Asian nation. Certain languages, like Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and Ilocano, account for larger portions of the population, but all throughout the country, people speak the local language of their region. For some Filipinos, that language is Southern Sorsogon.
The number of Southern Sorsogon native speakers clocks in at about 185,000, making Southern Sorsogon a mid-sized language in the multilingual Philippines. However, it’s not the dominant language in the area, and the vitality of the language is threatened by the prestige and ubiquity of other, bigger languages like Bicolano or Waray. This results in few translation agencies willing to work with Southern Sorsogon, but here at TranslationServices.com, we’re proud to present our dedicated translation team for Southern Sorsogon.
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Uncovering the identity of Southern Sorsogon
As its name suggests, Southern Sorsogon is spoken in the southern portion of the Filipino province of Sorsogon, which is located at the southernmost tip of Luzon, the country’s northernmost main island. It’s nestled in a larger locale known as the Bicol Region, or Bicolandia, but in the southern part of the region, people speak Bisayan languages like Southern Sorsogon rather than Bicol languages like Bicolano or Rinconada Bikol. Southern Sorsogon speakers can primarily be found in a handful of municipalities: Gubat, Barcelona, Bulusan, Santa Magdalena, Matnog, Bulan, and Irosin.
Southern Sorsogon comes from the Bisayan branch of the Austronesian language family, sharing relatively close relations with major Philippine languages such as Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and Waray. Southern Sorsogon is a Central Bisayan language specifically and is even mutually intelligible with Waray. Like most other Philippine languages, Southern Sorsogon features three forms of each pronoun, depending on the case, and distinguishes between the first-person plural inclusive, which includes the listener, and the first-person plural exclusive, which excludes them. Southern Sorsogon verbs are inflected for voice and aspect. The voice of a Southern Sorsogon sentence provides important nuance, placing emphasis on a particular part of the utterance, and it takes a seasoned professional to accurately translate such nuances to and from Southern Sorsogon. Fortunately, our translation team is filled with native speakers of Southern Sorsogon, so you don’t have to worry.
Tailoring our Southern Sorsogon translation services based on your needs
Our goal is to bring you the best Southern Sorsogon translation services we possibly can. While most translation companies fail to accommodate the language at all, we’ve looked all over Sorsogon to bring you the best Southern Sorsogon translators we could find. Our translators are passionate about bridging language barriers by translating both to and from Southern Sorsogon, drawing on their years of experience to help inform their translation work.
Our Southern Sorsogon translation team is diverse. Not only do our translators come from all over Sorsogon, representing the different dialects of their language, but they also have experience in various types of translation—everything from academic and business translation to literary translation and localization. So, if you’re a researcher working on a project in Sorsogon, a business owner who wants to better engage your Southern Sorsogon customers, a local writer looking to take your stories all around the world, or a language activist seeking to promote Southern Sorsogon by promoting interesting or educational content into the language, you can turn to our team. We’re here for all your Southern Sorsogon translation needs.
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