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wikà, pananalitâ: n. language.
Source: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/20738
Originally published in 1915.
Tagalog: wika, pananalita English: language Edit
Filipino: n.
1. n. describing a male citizen of the Republic of the Philippines. Derived from the word Filipinas, after Philip II of Spain. See also pilipina
Syn.: Pinoy

2. National and an official language of the Philippines as designated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. It is de facto the standardized version of Tagalog, though it is de jure, by law, distinct from it.
On November 13, 1936, the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (National Language Institute) selected Tagalog as the basis of a national language based on the following:

I. Tagalog is widely spoken and is the language most understood in all the regions of the Philippines.
II. Unlike other languages in the Philippines, it is not divided into smaller groups.
III. It is said to have the richest, most developed and extensive literary tradition in the Philippines. The vast majority of literature was and is written in Tagalog.
IV. Tagalog is the language of the Philippines national capital Manila.
V. Tagalog was the language of the Philippine Revolution of 1898 and the Katipunan

In 1959, the language was officially called Pilipino in order to not limit it to one single ethnic group. Later, the 1973 Constitution created another national language to replace Pilipino and named it Filipino.
In 1987, the new Constitution introduced many provisions for the language. Article XIV, Section 6, omits any mention of Tagalog as the basis for Filipino, and states that:
as [Filipino] evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.
In the Inquirer, [Inquirer (2007). New center to document Philippine dialects. Asian Journal. Retrieved on 2007-06-30],
Ricardo Maria Nolasco, Chair of the Commission on the Filipino Language, stated that Filipino was Tagalog in syntax and grammar and has no grammatical element or lexicon coming from Ilocano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, or any of the other Philippine languages.

Other official languages:
The regional languages are the auxiliary official languages in the regions and shall serve as auxiliary media of instruction therein. Spanish has been abolished as an official language in 1970s, but is together with arabic still an Recognized auxiliary language. English is considered as secondary national language.
Syn.: Tagalog
Tagalog: filipino, pilipino, philipino English: filipino, language, filipino language Edit
lengguwahe: language
Tagalog: lengguwahe English: language Edit
wikà: language
Tagalog: wika English: language Edit
language: pananalita
Tagalog: language English: pananalita Edit


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