A GRAMMAR OF MERANAW LANGUAGE
Aimee V. Aragon
Teacher 3, University of Mindanao, Philippines
This paper describes the grammar of MÃ«ranaw (ISO 639-3: mrw). MÃ«ranaw, or more commonly known as Maranao, is a Philippine language prevalently spoken in almost all parts of Lanao del Sur province and in some areas in Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, and North Cotabato. The primary goal of this study is to provide a grammar of the MÃ«ranaw language that entails linguistic features of the language covering its morphological features. The participants of this study were the three identified professional and native speakers living in Marawi City. The elicited materials consist of the 615-word list and 775-sentence list from UP Department of Linguistics were transcribed and analyzed using the Basic Linguistic Theory. It was found that morphologically speaking, MÃ«ranaw language has a rich culture of affixation as prefixes, suffixes, infixes, and circumfixes are all present to create new words. These affixations include the prefix p-, mak-, and tomi- and the suffix -an. Moreover, the infix ka- -an and circumfix p- -n, miaka- -e. This is to form another lexical category of a given MÃ«ranaw word that most likely entails to tells the time certain MÃ«ranaw verbs take place. Furthermore, this grammar sketch aims to provide a concrete reference for Mother Tongueâ€“Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) as the MÃ«ranaw language is one of the languages being taught. It further implies language description and documentation as the basis for language revitalization and at the same time culture preservation.
Keywords: applied linguistics, Maranao, language documentation, grammar sketch, Philippines
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)
Published on : 2023-02-22