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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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Linguistic diversity and English in the Philippines

Linguistic diversity and English in the Philippines

(p.130) (p.131) 7 Linguistic diversity and English in the Philippines
Philippine English

Curtis D. McFarland

Hong Kong University Press

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

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