Language contact in the Philippines: The history and ecology from a Chinese Filipino perspective

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Wilkinson Daniel Wong Gonzales

Language Ecology

Journal Article

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1

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2

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185-212

2017

Chinese Filipino, language contact, language ecology, Philippine contact languages, sociohistory

This article narrates the sociohistory of the Philippines through the lens of a Sinitic minority group – the Chinese Filipinos. It provides a systematic account of the history, language policies, and educational policies in six major eras, beginning from the precolonial period until the Fifth Republic (960 – present). Concurrently, it presents a diachronic narrative on the different linguistic varieties utilized by the ethnic minority, such as English, Hokkien, Tagalog, and Philippine Hybrid Hokkien (PHH). Following an exposition on how these varieties were introduced to the ecology is a discussion focused on contact that highlights potential theories as to how Philippine contact varieties like PHH emerged. How this account contributes to the overall language ecology forms the conclusion. Overall, this article delineates the socio-historical sources that intrinsically play a significant role in the (re)description of Philippine contact varieties. In its breadth, this article goes beyond providing second-hand infor-mation, and presents ideas that can be crucial for understanding how Philippine contact languages work.

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