Community-Based Language Development of Bikol Miraya (75733)

Session Information: Challenging & Preserving: Culture, Inter/multiculturalism & Language
Session Chair: Teresa Abainza

Saturday, 25 November 2023 14:40
Session: Session 3
Room: Room E (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

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The study generally aimed to establish the language status of Bikol Miraya with the Sustainable Use Model (SUM) as its methodology and the conditions which provided a framework for evaluating the sustainability of the Bikol dialect used in Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, and Jovellar. Specifically, it identified the factors that determine the level of language use based on the Functions, Acquisition, Motivation, Environment, and Differentiation (FAMED) conditions and measured the level of language use and the vitality of the language using the Expanded Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale (EGIDS). Moreover, by getting the agreement of the speech community, it developed plans of action to reinforce conditions that likely result in a sustainable level of language use. Using purposive sampling, the key informants who are native speakers of the language were selected from the four municipalities. Data collected mainly from focus group discussions show that the EGIDS level for Bikol Miraya is threatened, which means that some community members use the language face to face for functions of day-to-day life, but an increasing number no longer do. In its current state, Bikol Miraya is used for face-to-face communication by all generations and is sustainable regarding its Functions, Acquisition, Environment, and Differentiation Conditions. However, people are losing faith in its potential, especially amid the fast-changing landscape of education and technology. Its 300,000 speakers in 2009 (SIL,2020) might drastically drop if measures are not taken to strengthen its vitality.

Teresa Abainza, Bicol University, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Ma. Teresa Abainza is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Bicol University in Philippines

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00