Linguistic diversity and English in the Philippines

Curtis D. McFarland

in Philippine English

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207264 | DOI:
Linguistic diversity and English in the Philippines

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The Philippines possesses a great wealth of indigenous languages, and while these languages are related, the differences among them are also extensive. This chapter examines this linguistic diversity. It discusses the eight largest language groups, suggesting that not only are they closely related, but also exhibit a remarkable degree of difference. It also examines their differences in all linguistic aspects: lexicon, phonology, syntax.

Keywords: indigenous languages; linguistic diversity; lexicon; phonology; syntax

Chapter.  8114 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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