Re: [DILA] Bobit Avila at his best
- Yes. Canada almost split because of language issues. Czechoslovakia did split into Czech Republicand Slovakia. So did Pakistan split into Bangladesh and Pakistan because of untra nationalists inIslamabad who imposed Urdu as the sole national language among the Bengali speakers Of West Bengal.Sri Lanka had a 25-ywar civil war as the majority Sinhalese ignoring the minority Tamils, imposedSinhalesew as the only language in the country. Unfortunately for them, the Tamils lost the war whenthey resorted to terrorism and assasinated an Indian Prime Minister. That was biting the hand that fedthem. Belgium prevented a break up by going federal and explicitly recognizing language communitiesand droping French as the only national language (use of French was a vestige of the Jacobinist ideologyof French Revolution, one country, one people, one people). Spain prevented a break up by givingquasi federal powers to its regions now called "autonomous communities" with powers clearlydelineated between the autonomous communities and the center in the Spanish Constitution. The regionallanguages were made co-official languages with Spanish. The Constitution recognized the variousnationalities, making Spain a country of many nations. This debunked the old theory of the nation-state.The Constitution of India now recognizes 23 languages, spoken in different parts the country, namely Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Meitei, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Hindi is a official language of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Tamil is a official language of Tamil_Nadu, Puducherry and Andamon Nicobar Islands. English is the co-official language of the Indian Union, and each of the several states mentioned above may also have another co-official languageSouth Africa has eleven official languages. They are Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Fewer than one percent of South Africans speak a first language other than an official one. Most South Africans can speak more than one language. Prior to 1994, South Africa had only two official languages, English and Afrikaans. There is no national language.From: Merlie Alunan <merliealunan@...>
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Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [DILA] Bobit Avila at his bestThere you are, clear as a bell.MerlieFrom: dphilfinc <bcyp@...>
Sent: Friday, 29 July 2011 5:42 AM
Subject: [DILA] Bobit Avila at his best
If you're living in Metro Manila you'd probably end up totally understanding the President's speech. But to us in the Visayas and Mindanao who are not fluent in the Tagalog language, one would think that P-Noy was addressing only the Tagalog speaking Filipinos as his SONA was almost entirely in Tagalog, which ultra-nationalists dub as Pilipino, which brings us to question again... are Filipinos Tagalog speakers? No sir, we are not!
I say that the President's SONA was almost all in Tagalog because part of it was in Taglish! Many ultra nationalists always chastise us Cebuanos for being "Regionalistic" and lament our not embracing "Pilipino" as our national language, they have conveniently forgotten that we are a nation composed of Cebuanos, Ilonggos, Bicolanos, Ilocanos, Waray, etc. etc.
But didn't the 1935 Constitution say that a national language shall emerge from one of the spoken languages in this country? When P-Noy said, "Kayo and Boss ko" wasn't that in Taglish... the language of ABS-CBN and GMA-7, those national TV networks that act as the voice of Imperial Manila? Was Taglish which comes from English embodied in our Constitution? No sir they never heard of it! In fairness, the communications people in Malacañang sent me a full English language translation of P-Noy's SONA, as you just can't get one in Bisaya, Ilonggo, Ilocano or Waray.
Only through a Federal form of government will all the diverse ethnic peoples and cultures living in this archipelago called the Philippines will feel a sense of belonging as a nation! Lest you haven't forgotten, Canada almost split into two nations, the French speaking side and the English speaking side in the mid 1990s or that Czechoslovakia split into the Czech and Slovak Republic after the fall of the Iron Curtain due to cultural and language issues.