University of the Philippines
On the Grammatical Features of Some Mindanao Languages
While there is an enduring academic interest in Mindanao’s cultures and indigenous languages, linguistic descriptions of Mindanao languages remain scarce. This is in part because of the linguistic diversity of the island: of the approximately fifteen generally accepted Philippine language groups, four relatively large genetic units are in Mindanao; this excludes the Mindanao languages that subgroup with the massive Central Philippine language group.
The linguistic works that shall be discussed here are by panelists from Mindanao. The panel will talk about (1) how negation is encoded in Kolibugan, a Subanen language spoken in the Zamboanga peninsula; (2) how ancestral verbal affixes are reflected in the languages in the South; and (3) how the aspect systems of some languages of Mindanao compare with non-Mindanao languages in terms of their development from the ancestral aspect system. The theme of the panel underscores the imperative of extensive grammar work, not only to document the individual languages in this part of the Philippines, but also to inform bigger goals such as comprehensive Philippine language studies, that would later impact policy and legislation.
Linguistic data are from the panelists’ fieldwork on the Mindanao languages Kolibugan, Butuanon, Tausug, Maranao, Subanen, Kamayo, Talaandig and Salug-Subanen.
Aldrin P. Lee is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics, UP Diliman. He earned his PhD in Korean Linguistics from the Academy of Korean Studies, South Korea, where he also completed an interim MA in International Korean Studies. He also holds both a BA & an MA in Linguistics from UP Diliman. He is currently a co-convenor of the Language Warriors PH and the Editor-in-Chief of Diliman Review.
Verbal Inflections in Mindanao Languages
Maridette E. Molina is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in English Language Studies from the same university. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
Negation in Kolibugan
Danilyn T. Abingosa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Filipino and Other Languages, College of Arts and Social Sciences at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology. She finished her Bachelor of Arts in Filipino and Master of Arts in Filipino in the same university. At present, she is currently finishing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
The Development of the Aspect Systems of Some Mindanao Languages
Honeylet E. Dumoran is a graduate student of the UP Department of Linguistics. Under the PhD program, she has done grammar work on Mindanao languages: Salug-Subanen, Kamayo (Mandaya) and Talaandig (Binukid). Her current research is on the Bilic languages (T’boli, B’laan, Teduray and Klata).
Honeylet has a master’s degree in English Language Studies. She is a member of the faculty of the Department of English of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology in Mindanao.