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  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 05:46 PM

Filipino’s mothers

Michael L. Tan /
I’m getting more reports of up to four levels of a language hierarchy in some parts of the Philippines. As an example, I’ll use Ibanag, a language used in the Cagayan Valley. Ethnologue, a database of languages throughout the world, lists 500,000 speakers of Ibanag, not a small number. But that figure dates back to 1990, and I wonder if the number of Ibanag speakers has declined...

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