Lexicography and the description of Philippine English vocabulary

Kingsley Bolton and Susan Butler

in Philippine English

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207264 | DOI:
Lexicography and the description of Philippine English vocabulary

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This chapter considers a range of issues related to the study of Philippine English vocabulary, including the importance of dictionaries in the legitimation of world Englishes, the description of lexical innovations, and the historical development and codification of the Philippine English lexicon. Philippine English has a distinctive localized vocabulary which finds expression in a range of settings, including government, education, and the media, as well as the personal domain. Recent attempts to promote dictionaries with a more authentic coverage of contemporary Philippine English vocabulary have been well-received, but have failed to gain a wide following. This chapter suggests that this failure may in part be explained by the broader history of the lexicography of Philippine languages, which dates from the sixteenth century, as well as a consideration of the sociolinguistic realities.

Keywords: Philippine English; vocabulary; dictionaries; world Englishes; lexicon; lexicography; sociolinguistic realities

Chapter.  11139 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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