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Language Change: Pinpointing the Culprit

by Guerrero de la Paz The “National Language,” and the Calamity That Is Language Change among Kapampángans The enforcement of a “national language” on the country over eight decades ago has devastated languages all over the archipelago. From the deprivation of an audience for regional literature and a calamitous language shift towards Tagalog, to declining […]

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Objections to Teaching Kapampángan – Answered (Part II)

You can read part 1 HERE. The perilous state of the Kapampángan language, which is classified as “definitely endangered” by UNESCO, has been taken up in the first part of this article, along with attempts to correct misconceptions, and objections to on the teaching of the language. That portion was more general, and related to […]

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Kapampángan’s Continuing Struggle

This August will witness once again the celebration of ‘Buwan ng Wika,’ the legally dubious ‘national language’ first imposed, against the wishes of the majority of delegates to the 1934 Constitutional Convention, who approved an amalgam of Philippine languages, as opposed to choices of a ‘national language’ based on Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano or other languages. […]

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