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ERIC Number: ED347799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Philippine Variety of English and the Problem of Standardization.
Gonzalez, Andrew
The variety of English spoken and written by Filipino natives is examined, and its particular usages or "perduring features" are reviewed. Filipino English is shown to be influenced by the structures of native Filipino language(s), and by the historical and cultural contexts in which it is learned. It is argued that Philippine English, as a language variety, is in a state of flux and is in the process of standardization, with a clear consensus only on which variety is most acceptable for the spoken phase and with a conservative stance taken on all other features of spoken or written English. While American English continues to be the reference standard for writing and for language education, the spoken variety is tolerant of peculiar modes of stress and little attention is paid to intonation, as intonation carries little functional load for changes of basic linguistic meaning. It is also argued that spoken Filipino English stresses the necessity of maintaining phonemic distinctions with regard to the vocalic system and with regard to certain distinctions in the consonantal systems. (JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Philippines
Note: In: Tickoo, Makhan L., Ed. Languages & Standards: Issues, Attitudes, Case Studies; see FL 019 461.