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Central Tagbanwa: A Philippine Language on the Brink of Extinction

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Central Tagbanwa: A Philippine Language on the Brink of Extinction

Sociolinguistics, Lexicon, Grammar


Robert A. Scebold REVIEWS

The Central Tagbanwa people of the Philippines are on the verge of losing their language forever. In the last sixty years, war, disease, and a large influx of migrants have drastically altered the sociolinguistic dynamics of the Central Tagbanwa homeland.

The purpose of this book is twofold: to chronicle the language shift that has taken place since World War Two, and to document the language before it dies out completely. Chapters 1 and 2 discuss the general history of the area and give a detailed study of the decline of the language. Chapters 3 and 4 describe the phonology and morphology of Central Tagbanwa, and give a brief overview of various grammatical features. Chapter 5 offers a sample of the Central Tagbanwa lexicon with an English index. And lastly, three natural texts are recorded in the appendices: an oral narrative, a written narrative, and an oral conversation.

This book is dedicated to the linguistic heritage of the Central Tagbanwa people for generations to come.

(Note: Central Tagbanwa is distinct from the other two mutually unintelligible Tagbanwa languages spoken in Palawan province: Aborlan Tagbanwa spoken in central Palawan, and Calamian Tagbanwa spoken in the Calamian Islands off the northern tip of Palawan.)

2003. Manila: LSP. xiii, pp.168, map. ISBN: 971-780-014-6 (Linguistic Society of the Philippines Special Monograph Issue, 48).

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