ERIC Number: ED189860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Philippine English of the Mass Media.
Gonzalez, Andrew; Alberca, Wilfredo
A frequency count was conducted of linguistic features in the English of the Philippine mass media. Philippine English was found to have a smaller inventory of phonological units than Received Standard English. Vowel reduction does not seem to be prevalent. The collapsing of phonological distinctions is most evident in vowels and fricatives. Syllable structures consisting of complicated consonant clusters are simplified. Shifting of stress is distinctive, especially in words of more than three syllables. There seems to be a preference for sustained juncture at the end of clauses and phrases. Spelling pronunciations are prevalent. In written Philippine English, there exists a local set of rules for tenses, and tense sequence tends to be lacking. Local use of prepositions is found, as well as unusual lexical and collocational items that cannot be explained by linguistic borrowing. The diachronic evolution of a future Standard Philippine English is predicted and tentatively described. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Philippine Social Science Council, Manila.
Authoring Institution: De La Salle Univ., Manila (Philippines).
Identifiers: Philippines; Tense (Verbs)