(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: The orthographies of Tagalog and Filipino are discussed. The paper shows the remarkable transparency of the orthography of Tagalog and the opacity of the orthography of Filipino with the addition of foreign letters. (A transparent orthography is a major factor in learning reading and writing.) The argument for the addition of foreign letters and sounds to the orthography of Filipino was examined and found to be lacking in merit. Finally, an attempt was made to capture into a few general statements the rules for spelling Filipino words.
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