Episode 14: R. David Zorc, part 2, more on the Bisayan languages

In this week’s episode, we continue our conversation with R. David Zorc, noted linguist of Philippine languages. We talk about the Philippine “Focus System”, genitive case markers, and the future of Linguistics in the Philippines.

TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • the Philippine “Focus System”
  • “Philippine-type” languages
  • What voice is “marked” in Bisayan languages?
  • What is the role of “location” in the verb system?
  • sing/sang in Bantayanon vs ug in Cebuano and ng in Tagalog
  • definite vs indefinite in Hiligaynon genitive case markers
  • the future of Linguistics in the Philippines
  • the Filipinos are working on their own languages more and more
  • Do Philippine languages get the attention they deserve?
  • Have you ever visited a Jollibee? https://www.jollibeeusa.com
  • What about Kenny Rogers Roasters? http://www.kennyrogersroasters.com
  • The Bashiic languages of Northern Luzon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batanic_languages
  • How linguistic reconstructions can be controversial.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Motus, Cecile L. n.d. Hiligaynon for Beginners.
  • Motus, Cecile L. 1971. Hiligaynon Dictionary. PALI Language Texts: Philippines. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.
  • Motus, Cecile L. 1971. Hiligaynon Lessons. PALI Language Texts: Philippines. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.
  • Wolfenden, Elmer P. 1971. Hiligaynon Reference Grammar. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.
  • Wolfenden, Elmer P. 1972. “A Description of Hiligaynon Phrase and Clause Constructions.” University of Hawai’i.
  • Wolfenden, Elmer P. 1975. A Description of Hiligaynon Syntax. Norman, OK: Summer Institute of Linguistics of the University of Oklahoma.
  • McFarland, Curtis D. 2004. “The Philippine Language Situation.World Englishes 23 (1): 59–75.

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