WORDS ON THE WALL: A LIN­GUIS­TIC DI­VER­SITY CAM­PAIGN

Louise Ian T. de los Reyes-Aquino

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Metro-Dagu­pan Col­leges Email ad­dress: loui­[email protected] Ab­stract

The Philip­pines, be­ing an ar­chi­pel­ago com­posed of more than 7,000 is­lands, has a to­tal of 187 in­di­vid­ual lan­guages. Eth­nic Groups in the Philip­pines warns that ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates of lin­guists only 1/10 th of our lan­guages will re­main by the 22 nd Cen­tury. This poses a threat to our indige­nous lan­guages in the Philip­pines and the Pan­gasi­nan Pro­vin­cial Gov­er­nor Amado T. Espino, Jr. pro­claimed that Pan­gasi­nan is a dy­ing lan­guage and ef­forts must be done to pre­serve it.

This pa­per is aimed at cre­at­ing aware­ness and pro­mo­tion of con­ser­va­tion and preser­va­tion of the lo­cal lan­guage. It is an­chored on the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) con­cept that lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity should be en­cour­aged es­pe­cially with re­spect to the mother tongue. This is strength­ened by the IFLA con­cept that li­braries should sup­port and pro­mote cul­tural and lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity at all lev­els.

De­scrip­tive-sur­vey method was used to de­ter­mine the im­pact of the lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity cam­paign as in­tro­duced by the MDC Li­brary to 114 high school stu­dents with re­gards to per­cep­tions on in­clu­siv­ity, in­flu­ence to learn a new lan­guage, and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of cul­tural di­ver­sity. The cam­paign gen­er­ally com­prised of signs with mul­ti­lin­gual words and/or phrases pre­sented in four (4) trans­la­tions: 1) English, 2) Filipino, 3) Ilo­cano and 4) Pan­gasi­nan posted on con­spic­u­ous places within the li­brary.

Based on the sur­vey, the lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity cam­paign pro­duced the fol­low­ing im­pact: 82% of the re­spon­dents (93) felt ac­cepted de­spite the lan­guage di­ver­sity in the en­vi­ron­ment, 82% (or 94) of the re­spon­dents were in­flu­enced to want to learn a new lan­guage (English) ac­cord­ing to 34% (39 re­spon­dents), and 84% (or 99) of the re­spon­dents were in­flu­enced to ap­pre­ci­ate lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity in the school. While the cam­paign was only done in a month, the cam­paign showed prom­ise if con­tin­ued.

Key­words: lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity; en­dan­gered lan­guage; Pan­gasi­nan; cul­tural di­ver­sity; lan­guage preser­va­tion

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