A Pedagogic Grammar for Cebuano-Visayan


Angel O. Pesirla

(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.)

Courtesy of J. G. Rubrico

INTRODUCTION: This academic paper is premised on the need for a Cebuano-Visayan pedagogic grammar based on descriptively adequate and powerful linear description as a required academic component in the General Education Curriculum for B.A. and B.S. programs per CNU B.O.R. approval in 2000 of the CMO # 44, s. 1997 full implementation.

A pedagogic grammar presents the structural description of a language for teaching-learning purposes. This includes basically the making of descriptive statements about the target language to be learned through teaching in such a form that its structures (sound, word, sentence) will be more readily learned (Corder,  1973).

This grammatical description must be observationally adequate (a measure of the degree to which the statements of a description accord with the observed relevant facts), and descriptively adequate (a measure of the degree to which it succeeds in corporating all the facts which the goals of the description consider relevant). Furthermore, it must be more economical or powerful in the degree to which it accounts for the same facts with a smaller number of statements or rules, or alternatively, more facts with the same number of rules (1973).

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