The National Language, The Unifying Factor Of The Philippines

analytical Essay
1797 words
1797 words

Language and Unity
Filipino, the national language, is the unifying factor of the Philippines. It allows citizens to communicate with one another in many remote areas that in turn, assimilates their native language to the national language and will be united. The pressure in English can cause a tendency to miseducate and misinform the Filipino people that English is the only language for international and academic purposes only. The animosity also increases when the masses and elite are not able to communicate well with one another. The importance of the national language is vital to our nation since we need it to communicate with different groups.
This is why there is a need for the Filipino language to be a symbol of unity in order to shorten the gap between the elite and the masses (Tollefson 1986 in Gonzales n.d). It enables the majority of the people to understand one another, realizing the relationships that they can possibly have (Porcalla ,2013). As Fausto (2013) has mentioned, the Filipino language is an instrument to expressing Filipino's own personal feeling and ideas, it develops a strengthening in our society. This is vividly expressed and shown through the artworks of many contemporary artist of the Philippines when they use the Filipino language to express to their fellow audiences the problems and hardships of society, which in turn, helps the Philippines with their social aspect.
Since Filipino is our national language or a medium of official communication, it unites us in a way in knowing the distinctions of our culture, the deep sentiments that we gave created, the values we put on things, and it symbolizes as the core to the Filipino people (Fausto ,2013). Example that can be shown here are the variations of ...

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... for example, the word “automatic”, can roughly be translated into the word “automatik” in Tagalog, and this word still has the same or similar sound of the word English word “automatic.” This, in effect, will allow more science and technology terms to exist in the Filipino language in combination with the English language, thus the intellectualization of language occurs.
With this orthographic promotion, the media, such as the television, has taken advantage of the spelling borrowed words system (Paz, 1996) and utilized this for the public, and in the long term, strengthening the media simultaneously.
Not only was this orthography beneficial to the previous, it also was applied in formal writing, and academic papers have been published using the national language. Originally an oral language, it has been progressing towards an acceptable written form to speakers.

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