jkos Mar 27 2022, 10:31am CST ~ 1 mo., 20 days ago.
@etabucol @BisayangDako2022 Hmm…your posts above imply Filipino is not a language, but ”Filipino” is, by law, the official language of the Philippines.
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Filipino is a language. Tagalog is a language. Both are pretty much indistinguishable in vocab and grammar. There are some interesting historical reasons as to why the name has changed that you can read here: en.wikipedia.org/wik i/Filipino_language
For a new learner, these details are unimportant to learning the language, and you can safely consider them the same language… @Steve55
BoraMac Mar 28 2022, 10:10am CST ~ 1 mo., 19 days ago.
The Constitution of 1987 appears relevant...from Article 14:
SECTION 7. For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and, until otherwise provided by law, English.
SECTION 6. The national language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.
SECTION 8. This Constitution shall be promulgated in Filipino and English and shall be translated into major regional languages, Arabic, and Spanish.
SECTION 9. The Congress shall establish a national language commission composed of representatives of various regions and disciplines which shall undertake, coordinate, and promote researches for the development, propagation, and preservation of Filipino and other languages.
Of the more than a hundred languages being spoken by the different ethno linguistic groups of dwellers in the more than seven thousand islands comprising the Philippines, eight of them are considered major languages. These major languages are Ilocano, Pangasinan, Pampango, Tagalog, Bicol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Waray-Samarnon.
Filipino is a Lingua franca laguage of Filipinos. Lingua franca is "a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different."- that is an Oxford definition. Tagalog is one of the several languages spoken in the Philippines, mainly by those from the Southern part of Luzon island. Some of the other languages spoken by Filipinos in the Philippines are Ilocano (Northern Luzon) Cebuano (parts of Visayas and Mindanao) Ilonggo ( parts of Visayas and Mindanao) Chavacano (parts of Mindanao) Kapampangan (Central Luzon) and some more that I cannot remember. So, ideally, the Filipino language is a combination of all these other languages plus English and Spanish.But other language speakers here in the country and probably elsewhere will say that Filipino is predominantly made up of Tagalog words. Yes it is but it is not Tagalog as part of my roots are from Southern Luzon and though my relatives and I understand each other very well, they have lots of other words and nuances that they use that I am not familiar with.