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Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts by Laura C. Robinson (review)

Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts by Laura C. Robinson (review) Laura C. Robinson. 2011. Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 635. xiii + 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-858-83646-4. $Aust 88.00 (Australia), $Aust. 80.00 (elsewhere), paper. The Dupaningan Agta are one of approximately thirty Black Filipino or "Negrito" Filipino ethnolinguistic groups known to still exist in the Philippines. While the languages of these Black Filipino groups do not form a single cohesive linguistic subgroup, they are nonetheless of interest to linguists and anthropologists, since their speakers are the descendants of groups whose presence in the Philippine islands is widely believed to predate the arrival of ethnic Austronesian groups by tens of thousands of years (Blust 2013:8). Unfortunately, outside of anthropological and religious circles, the vast majority of these groups, and their languages, have inexplicably attracted scant attention. Book-length publications on Black Filipino languages, such as Healey (1960) or Headland and Headland (1974), are few and far between. Even areal surveys, such as Zorc (1977) for the Visayan Islands and McFarland (1974) for the Bikol Peninsula, failed to include any of the half-dozen Black Filipino languages in those two areas combined. The little other descriptive work that has been published on these languages has almost exclusively been in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts by Laura C. Robinson (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 53 (1) – Jul 8, 2014

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Laura C. Robinson. 2011. Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 635. xiii + 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-858-83646-4. $Aust 88.00 (Australia), $Aust. 80.00 (elsewhere), paper. The Dupaningan Agta are one of approximately thirty Black Filipino or "Negrito" Filipino ethnolinguistic groups known to still exist in the Philippines. While the languages of these Black Filipino groups do not form a single cohesive linguistic subgroup, they are nonetheless of interest to linguists and anthropologists, since their speakers are the descendants of groups whose presence in the Philippine islands is widely believed to predate the arrival of ethnic Austronesian groups by tens of thousands of years (Blust 2013:8). Unfortunately, outside of anthropological and religious circles, the vast majority of these groups, and their languages, have inexplicably attracted scant attention. Book-length publications on Black Filipino languages, such as Healey (1960) or Headland and Headland (1974), are few and far between. Even areal surveys, such as Zorc (1977) for the Visayan Islands and McFarland (1974) for the Bikol Peninsula, failed to include any of the half-dozen Black Filipino languages in those two areas combined. The little other descriptive work that has been published on these languages has almost exclusively been in

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Published: Jul 8, 2014

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