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LINGUIST List 23.1111

Mon Mar 05 2012

Qs: Calques in Philippine languages

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Date: 04-Mar-2012
From: Piers Kelly <Piers.Kellyanu.edu.au>
Subject: Calques in Philippine languages
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I would like to find examples of calqued Spanish phrases in languages
of the Philippines.

I used to believe that the expression Maayung buntag ('good
morning') in the Visayan language of the southern Philippines was a
calque of the Spanish phrase Buenos días. Now I'm not so sure
because I've been made aware of similar phrases in Indonesian and
Nen (a language of PNG).

Any leads would be appreciated.


Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

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