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Translation as a search for divine meanings: Fray Francisco Blancas de San José and his grammar of the Tagalog language

Marlon James SALES Monash University The pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015, which gathered the biggest crowd ever assembled for a Papal event in history, has put to fore the nexus between translation and religion in

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Posted in 17th century, History, Missionary Linguistics, Philippines, Translation

The lost Tesoro del ydioma ylocano

Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro At the end of the 18th century, Russian Empress Catherine II wanted to compile an atlas of the world’s languages. She commissioned first the German Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811) and then

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Posted in 18th century, Lexicography, Philippines

Dr José Rizal and the making of a modern linguistic Messiah

Piers Kelly Australian National University Describing the preeminent Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal as a linguist is a little like referring to Thomas Jefferson as a horticulturalist. The statement may be true, but the many other talents that Rizal

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Posted in 19th century, History, Linguistics, Philippines, Phonology

New dating of the Iloko manuscript lexicography

Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) Missionary lexicography in the Philippines is extensive and exhaustive. Dozens of grammars and vocabularies have been written since the Spanish arrival in the Philippines

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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, Europe, Field linguistics, Lexicography, Linguistics, Philippines

Early writing and printing in the Philippines

Rebeca Ferndández Rodríguez Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Printing and publishing began in the Philippines with the arrival of the Spanish in 1565. Encountering an enormous number of native languages, the Spaniards felt a pressing need to describe the

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Posted in 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, History, Philippines