Dying languages

The Philippines moves to save dying languages

The Philippines has started a new programme to try to save its dying languages. The archipelago is home to more than 170 dialects, but some of them have only a few speakers left and there’s concern many of the indigenous languages could be lost forever. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports on what’s being done to keep them alive.

I wonder how those Tagalog language-centric “nationalists” will react to this. This is what happens when a government enforces a national tongue without regard for local or indigenous tongues in other parts of the country.

As a country, we had this coming. But I guess centuries of colonial acculturation and Manila-centric governance left a deep mark in our national psyche that languages, other than that of the Capital, are viewed as belonging to second class citizens.

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Author: ellobofilipino

Admit it, my last name's quite difficult to pronounce. It's read as kee-ling-ging.

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