Francisco C. Rosario, Jr.
(Presented at the 1st MLE Conference, “Reclaiming the Right to Learn in One’s Own Language,” Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Feb 18-20, 2010.)
ABSTRACT: Languages in the Philippines, though almost all belonging to the Austronesian language family, have unique ways on how sounds and sound patterns are realized. The number of phonemic sounds varies in each language.
The Pangasinan language, according to Richard Benton, has five significant vowel phonemes namely /a/, /E, /e/, /i/ and /o/ or /u/, and 13 consonant phonemes. The quality of these phonemes changes depending on the environment.
This study aims to use a scientific approach in describing the vowels of Pangasinan according to their acoustic properties and depending on the environments they are found. These environments include stressed and unstressed positions. A software program will be utilized to analyze the individual characteristics of these vowels.
In general, this study aims to contribute to the development of linguistic materials in teaching Pangasinan language to its native speakers, and even to interested second language learners.
For the complete article, click on The Acoustic Properties of the Vowels of Pangasinan.