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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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‘When I was a child I spake as a child’: Reflecting on the limits of a nationalist language policy

‘When I was a child I spake as a child’: Reflecting on the limits of a nationalist language policy

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(p.87) 5 ‘When I was a child I spake as a child’: Reflecting on the limits of a nationalist language policy
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Philippine English
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D. V. S. Manarpaac

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.003.0006

This chapter examines the limits of the nationalist language policy in the Philippines which is aimed at dislodging English from its privileged position in the controlling linguistic domains. Following the adoption of Filipino (a.k.a. Tagalog) as national language in the 1987 Constitution, the Philippines has witnessed a resurgence of nationalist rhetoric in defense of the privileging of one of the country's more than eighty languages as the de jure lingua franca. This chapter advocates the institution of English as sole official language of the country, even as it urges the maintenance of the vernaculars, including Tagalog, as an integral part of the Filipino people's multicultural heritage.

Keywords:   language policy, Filipino, Tagalog, Constitution, English

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