Shirley Dita

Shirley Dita
De La Salle University | DLSU · Department of English and Applied Linguistics

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics

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This paper aims to discuss the nominal marking system of the Kinaray-a language. Kinaray-a is the language of the Karay-a people, who live in the provinces of Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Palawan (KWF 2016) and some mountainous areas bordering Aklan and Antique in the Philippines. However, the Kinaray-a variety discussed in the present study i...
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Philippine English is one of the New Englishes in the world that is situated in a country where numerous languages exist all over the archipelago. Given such a diverse background, it is imperative that the approach to be used in illustrating its features must be inclusive in order to provide strong and acceptable claims. It has been suggested that...
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This study explored the syntactic and semantic analysis of if-conditional sentences in the International Corpus of English (ICE). Using the three corpora of Asian varieties of English such as ICE-PHI (PhilE), ICE-HK (HKE), and ICE-SING (SingE) that have 6,375 if- conditional sentences in total, structural analysis of the corpus revealed that the si...
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The objective of this study is to investigate the syntax and semantics of maximizers, a sub-category of subjuncts, one of the grammatical functions of adverbials. The study used a 1.4 million-word corpus of Senior High School academic writing outputs using Antconc, a concordance software. Using the semantics and grammar of adverbials of Quirk et al...
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This article investigates split infinitives in 12 World Englishes using Kachru’s concentric circles framework. Beginning with a brief description of split infinitives, the article explores two significant aspects of splitting: the most common ‘breakers’, and split infinitive use across different genres and domains. Sourcing from the International C...
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The study determines the most common forms of phrasal-prepositional verbs (PPVs) in Philippine English using the ICE-PHI and describes their syntactic and semantic features, following Quirk et al.’s (1985) framework. Thirty nine out of the forty-eight words from the list of Quirk et al. (1985) and Biber et al. (1999) were found in the corpus using...
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One of the greatest controversies in English grammar is whether or not to split infinitives. Traditionally, adverbs and other words must not occur between the infinitive marker ‘to’ and the verb— popularly known as split infinitives (Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, & Svartvik, 1985). However, in the recent decades, linguists have been reporting an increas...
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Abstract As has long been established, information units have to follow an obligatory arrangement to highlight a desired element considered important by the speaker. This paper outlines the two ways of structuring information in Ilocano: fronting and the use of lexical markers. ‘Fronting’ includes nominative noun phrase dislocation and the two typ...
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With the emergence of the different varieties of English, the question of intelligibility and/or comprehensibility has stirred the interests of considerable number of scholars. Intelligibility, according to Kenworthy (1987), is “being understood by a listener at a given time in a given situation” (p.13). Smith (1992), on the other hand, contends th...
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This paper reports on a corpus-based investigation of expanded predicates in Philippine English across a three-decade period. Looking at the Philippine parallel to the Brown University Standard Corpus of Present-Day American English, it was found that there is not much change on Philippine English expanded predicates with reference to time. Philipp...
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In this paper, we introduce the Filipino word-net project (FilWordNet). Filipino is the na-tional language of the Philippines spoken by some 90 million people as their first or second language. However, it has historically had a limited number of computational linguistics resources. Creating the Filipino wordnet can be seen as the first step to ena...
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Pronominal orientation is widely argued to be universal component of human languages. Meanwhile, the pronominal system of Philippine languages (henceforth, PL) has always been an obscure subject of investigation. With approximately 150 living languages, the structures of pronominals are just as many. This study attempts to explicate the grammatical...
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This study presents a stylistic analysis of Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta"s Montage by providing a syntactic and lexical investigation of the poem. It attempts to investigate the style and the language of the poem by focusing on the overall structure of the poem and the grammatical structure of the sentences thereby leading to a deeper understanding...
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This paper aims at describing the building of the online corpora on Philippine languages as part of the online repository system called Palito. There are five components of the corpora: the top four major Philippine languages which are Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano and Hiligaynon and the Filipino Sign Language (FSL). The four languages are composed of...
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There had been a growing interest in the differences of the three concentric circles of English over the years. The current study aims to contribute to genre-specific studies by dealing with the letters to the editor of an international magazine. Following Lautamatti (1987) and Simpson (2000), 39 one-paragraph letters from the Inner, Outer, and Exp...
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This paper presents the work being done so far on the building of online corpus for Philippine languages. As for the status, the Philippine Languages Online Corpora (PLOC) now boasts a 250,000-word written corpus of the eight major languages in the archipelago. Some of the issues confronting the corpus building and future directions for this projec...

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This project is funded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as part of the SALIKHA Creative Grants. As the Component I of the proposal entitled "Preserving Narratives for Deepening Philippine Art and Culture Knowledge," this project is centered on three major goals: (1) to document the vanishing traditions and practices of Itawit, Aklanon, and Kinaray-a by compiling a corpus; (2) to develop a working orthography for Itawit; and (3) to contribute to the literature on Philippine Indigenous Communities which is part of the Philippine higher education curriculum.
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English prepositions have been thoroughly explored as far as corpus research is concerned. However, literature have mostly covered the most common types, specifically monosyllabic and polysyllabic simple constructions (see Roslim & Mukundan, 2011). To expand understanding of the nature of English prepositions, this study aims to compare the distribution of complex prepositions across World Englishes. These Englishes are represented by thirteen (13) software-readable 400,000-word written corpora from the Outer and the Inner Circles (N = 5.2M words) compiled within the International Corpus of English (ICE). From the analysis, more than half of around 17,000 complex prepositions located are two-word sequences, whilst the remaining comprise of three-word strings. The remainder of this study explores the overall occurrences based on type depending on the English based on Kachru’s three circles of English model, and corpora. Across corpora, two-word sequences dominate all occurring complex prepositions over the three-word counterparts. There was also no significant difference in occurrences of all identified word sequence types between the inner and outer circles, and across majorty of the corpora. Apart from this, some deviant, minimal forms were also explored. Beyond those aforementioned findings, more complex preposition types will be located. The data at hand will likewise be enriched by analyzing occurrences based on text type (i.e. spoken, written).