In 1668, the Jesuit missionary Father Diego Luis de Sanvitores produced a grammar of Chamorro, a language spoken on the Mariana islands to the east of the Phillipines. His grammatical description was heavily criticised at the time. De Sanvitores was accused of not having understood the language and as a consequence his grammar was neglected and almost forgotten. Pierre Winker re-examines De Sanvitores’ approach, showing how he and his contemporary missionaries effectively adapted the grammatical framework of Latin to make it suitable to explain the grammars of these native Philippine languages.
A.P. Winkler: Missionary Pragmalinguistics. Father Diego Luis de Sanvitores’ Grammar (1668) within the Tradition of Philippine Grammars.
Prof. O.C.M. Fischer
Dr O.J. Zwartjes
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