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A favorable climate and soil: A transplanted language and literature

Andrew Gonzalez FSC

in Philippine English

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.003.0002
A favorable climate and soil: A transplanted language and literature

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This chapter traces the beginnings of the English language in the Philippines. Soon after the occupation of the Philippines by the United States in 1898, it was spoken, based on the census of 1918, by an educated elite of 896,358 out of 10.3 million people in the islands, undoubtedly with various levels of competence. The chapter also suggests that the English language had found a favorable climate and soil for transplantation in the Philippines. From the first two decades of the English language, a transplanted variety of “Philippine English” was born, with its distinctive pronunciation and style of academic writing.

Keywords: English language; Philippines; United States; Philippine English; academic writing

Chapter.  6550 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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