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Unraveling the Linguistic Histories of Philippine Negritos

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Title: Unraveling the Linguistic Histories of Philippine Negritos
Authors: Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords: Negrito languages
Malayo-Polynesian languages
LC Subject Headings: Languages in contact -- Pacific Area
Languages in contact -- Southeast Asia
Austronesian languages -- History
Philippine languages
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Reid, Lawrence. "Unraveling the Linguistic Histories of Philippine Negritos." In Language Contact and Change in the Austronesian Word, edited by T.E. Dutton and D.T. Tryon, 443-475. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994.
Abstract: The Philippines is a particularly fertile field for the study of contact-induced language change. Within the last 500 years two major powers have colonized the Philippines, the Spanish for some 350 years and the Americans for 50. The former contact resulted in a number of Spanish-based creoles (ZamboangueƱo, etc.), and extensive lexical influence in most of the local Philippine languages that the Spanish used for proselytizing and political control. Ibanag, for example, one of the languages of the Cagayan Valley in Northern Luzon, has a considerable body of Spanish loanwords in its lexicon. Despite the strong lexical influence, Spanish influence on the phonological and syntactic systems of most Philippine languages appears to have been minimal.
Pages/Duration: 39 pages
Appears in Collections:Lawrence A. Reid: Articles, Monographs, Book Chapters

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