MLE during the Spanish Period: Philippine Dictionaries from 1521 to 1896

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Amelia E. Punzalan

(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:  What was the language of instruction used by the Spanish friars in the evangelization campaign?  What was the language policy during the period? What was the status of dictionaries in the Philippines from 1521 to 1896?

The paper will try to answer the above questions based on an initial study on dictionaries in the Philippines written from 1521 to 1896 as well as on a representative analysis of two major Tagalog-Spanish dictionaries written in 1624 and 1754 namely, Vocabulario Tagalo [7]  and Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala, respectively [4].

The paper may provide insights into the language of instruction policy and intellectualization issue about Philippine languages.

For the complete article, click on MLE During the Spanish Period: Philippine Dictionaries from 1521 to 1896.

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