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M. A. Lourdes S. Bautista and Kingsley Bolton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099470

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.001.0001

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Lexicography and the description of Philippine English vocabulary

Lexicography and the description of Philippine English vocabulary

Chapter:
(p.175) 9 Lexicography and the description of Philippine English vocabulary
Source:
Philippine English
Author(s):

Kingsley Bolton

Susan Butler

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.003.0010

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

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