Philippines, Filipino, Creole, Colonization, Linguistics, Language, Codeswitch
With the rapid globalization of the Philippines, exacerbated by the colonial mentality that those who speak English are smarter and better, more and more Filipinos are favoring English over their native dialect. With the above in mind, I became curious if there was a possibility that Tagalog will disappear in fifty to one hundred years if this trend continues. As I gathered data, read ethnographic works and research, I have found that Tagalog is not disappearing; it is giving birth to a creole language: Taglish. The Philippine historical and political past is tumultuous. Having been subjected to colonization for hundreds of years, this greatly affected not only the culture, politics, and mindset of the Filipino people, but has dramatically changed their languages. Today, education is taught in two languages—English and Filipino, Filipino being the standardized register of Tagalog—and it has been inculcated in the minds of the young ones that English is the language of democracy and progress while Filipino is of nationality and patriotism. Eventually, codeswitching between these two languages, called Taglish, became prevalent that there are children in the Metro Manila, and possibly in other regions of the Philippines, who either only speak English as their mother tongue, or have embraced Taglish instead of being fluent in Filipino.
Manglicmot, Doris T., "Taglish: A Future Filipino-English Creole?" (2021). Anthropology Department Scholars Week. 5.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Endangered languages--Philippines; Tagalog language--Foreign elements--English; English language--Foreign elements--Tagalog; English language--Study and teaching--Filipino speakers; Creole dialects--Philippines
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