Information Flow in a Waray Narrative

By Leizl S. Ocampo
Department of Linguistics, University of the Philippines
Diliman +(63)927-7217285

Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines



This study deals with preferred referential expressions as can be found in selected Waray narratives. It discusses the flow of information in narrative discourse and explains how referents are introduced, tracked and distinguished as primary and secondary topics through the use of full NPs, pronominals, and demonstratives. Pragmatic features of NPs such as activation status (given or new), identifiability (definite or indefinite) and referentiality (identifiable or generic) are also taken up. The study’s findings are then compared side by side with existing literature for the Filipino subject, stressing that the behavior of language in actual discourse be considered in the writing of educational materials for Filipino.

Keywords: information flow, referentiality

To read the complete article, click on Ocampo – Information Flow in a Waray Narrative.

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