Tracking Agutaynen language vitality: 1984-2009

Smaller languages of the Philippines have developed and persisted over the centuries in an environment of multilingualism, sometimes in spite of predictions regarding their sure demise. On the basis of over 200 face-to-face interviews in the mid-1980s, Quakenbush (1987) characterized the vitality of the Agutaynen language as relatively robust. The vast majority of Agutaynen speakers at that time used the Agutaynen language exclusively and extensively for in-group communication, while using Cuyonon, Tagalog, or English for other purposes. How has the Agutaynen language fared over the past twenty-five years? Have the respondents’ behavior and attitude toward their own language changed appreciably? What about their predictions and intentions for using the Agutaynen language in the next generation? This paper reports on Agutaynen language vitality a generation later, summarizing revitalization efforts undertaken during the same time span.
38 pages
language vitality
Language use surveys
Language endangerment
language assessment
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