Zambo Chavacano orthography,structure, grammar go online PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:34

By VIC LARATO

Good news!

You no longer have to go to City Hall to obtain a copy of the recently approved Zamboanga Chavacano Orthography. You can have it right at your fingertips. Just a few clicks on the keypad of your computer or smartphones, bingo! You can download the entire book, absolutely free of charge.

Dr. Jose Genaro R. Yap-Aizon, assistant city administrator and City Hall’s focal person on the preservation and propagation of Zamboanga’s history, cultures, arts and values to include the Chavacano language, said the Zamboanga Chavacano Orthography has already been uploaded to and can now be downloaded from the city government’s official website: www.zamboangacity.gov.ph.

This, he said, is to give the public wider and easy access to the orthography, being the basic foundation and reference of the city’s Spanish creole language—the Chavacano, especially when one is confused on correct Chavacano word variations, spelling and even pronunciation.

Also on the city’s website is the book titled “Zamboanga Chavacano: Structure and Grammar,” authored by Dr. Aizon himself and published by Adamson University Press, Inc. in 2010.

Dr. Aizon, erstwhile dean of Graduate Studies at Adamson University in Manila before joining the city government in 2014, explained his book aims to describe the grammar accounts and sentence structure of the Zamboanga Chavacano and to pave the way for the eventual codification of the language.

It also disproves the notion that the Zamboanga Chavacano, a pidgin turned creole language, has no grammar and grammar rules of its own, he said.

“The book proves wrong those who claim the Zamboanga Chavacano is a bastardized Spanish language, because there is no such concept in Linguistics,” stressed Aizon, himself a linguist and language professor, having two doctoral degrees— Ph.D. in Language Education from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), and Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation from UP Diliman.— Vic Larato