Orthography Development for Language and Education: Insights from Iranun

Mansueto S. Casquite
Mindanao Peace Volunteers
14-1 Jade Valley Homes, Buhangin District, Davao City 8000 Philippines
Email: m_casquite@kastanet.org

Nena Desomimba
Department of Education – North Cotabato Division, Alamada, Cotabato
Email: nenadesomimba@yahoo.com

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


Orthography development is one crucial component for starting a Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Program (MTB-MLE). To make an MTB-MLE program strong and sustainable, orthographies or writing systems need to be acceptable to the speakers and to the stakeholders. A participatory process from within the language community and technical experts is ideal to achieve appreciation, acceptability, accuracy and ownership.

This paper looks at the initial stages of orthography development for the Iranun ethnolinguistic group, what went wrong and what needs to be done in order to get an informed choice and begin a refined orthography system that will aid the other essential elements of an MTB-MLE program. Furthermore, this paper will highlight orthography discoveries from a language insider, its implications and importance in first language education.

To read the complete article, click on Casquite_Desomimba – Orthography Development of Iranun.

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