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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2011-035

A Participatory Assessment of Kinamayo: A Language of Eastern Mindanao

Authors  Fabiosa, Amario
Hasselbring, Sue
Mata, Mila
Viloria, Rosario
Abstract  This report describes an assessment of the sociolinguistic situation of the Kinamayo language and the need for vernacular literature. The methodology used in this assessment was participatory in nature. By involving the Kamayo people to the greatest extent possible, they are better prepared to take any action they decide is necessary. The team of researchers met with seventeen groups of civic leaders in ten municipalities. In addition to the community civic groups, the team also met with twelve groups of church leaders in nine municipalities since, if literature were to be developed, the church groups would be among those most likely to want it. Seven different participatory tools were planned for this survey, along with the desired impacts and outcomes. Each tool is described in this report. The fieldwork was conducted from 16 May to 9 June 2008. Kinamayo is a spoken language without any published materials. The assessment of the status in summary is that the Kinamayo language is one of relatively stable diglossia with high levels of bilingualism. The Kamayo people have some aspirations to use their language to a greater extent but they view other areas of need in their community as more important to address at this time.
  A Participatory Assessment of Kinamayo: A Language of Eastern Mindanao
Published  2011
Language  Kamayo [kyk]
Country  Philippines
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Language surveys