Ilocano language, culture, literature

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

An Aesthetics of Language

Daytoy man ti linaon ti email co ken ni Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili, Ilocano a mannurat ken professor iti University of Hawaii at Manoa:

"Dear Ariel,

I suspect you've come across Cornelia Hoogland's "An Aesthetics of Language" before. It's probably a tough argument to make in the battle for the use of the mother tongue as medium of instruction, at least from K-6. However, when those who dare venture into the literary realm and have to understand that "literary language... makes metaphor its center of gravity", I do tend to believe that the one writing in his/her mother tongue has a decided advantage of making those metaphors come alive amid the backdrop of his/her cultural underpinnings. I, for one, happen to think that Ilocano, when used carefully, creatively and artfully by our best, native Ilocano writers, is in fact a beautiful, capable and aesthetically elegant language. I dare say that an Ilocano literary piece can absolutely be written by the best to sound even better than the best in Tagalog/Filipino, but then you can accuse me of being biased..."

Suroten daytoy a link iti "An Aesthetics of Language" a sinurat ni Cornelia Hoogland ti University of Western Ontario.


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