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Title: Tagalog
Authors: Schachter, Paul
Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords: Filipino language
LC Subject Headings: Tagalog language
Philippine languages
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Reid, Lawrence and Paul Schachter. "Tagalog." In The World's Major Languages (2nd edition), edited by Bernard Comrie, chapter 47. London: Routledge, 2008.
Abstract: Tagalog is a member of the Central Philippine subgroup of Philippine languages, forming part of the Western-Malayo-Polynesian set of Austronesian languages. It belongs in a subgroup with Bikol, Bisayan and Mansakan languages and was originally probably native to the eastern Visayas or northeast Mindanao in the Central Philippines (Zorc 1993). By the time the Spanish arrived in the Philippines (1521), Tagalog speakers had migrated north into the southern part of the island of Luzon in the Philippines, with Tagalog becoming the major language spoken in Manila and surrounding provinces; it has in recent years spread as a second language over virtually the entire Philippine archipelago. Thus, while only about a quarter of the population of the Philippines were Tagalog-speaking in 1940, in 1970 approximately half of the population were, and today it is estimated that well over 90 per cent of the 80 million total population of the Philippines is either a first- or second-language speaker of the language.
Pages/Duration: 23 pages
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