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August 26, 2007

Kapampangan Dictionary and Grammar Book launched

Holy Angel University Chorale singing Himno Ning Kapampangan.

Luid ka! Luid ka! Palsintan me ing Kapampangan!

Last August 24, 2007, the Holy Angel University Center for Kapampangan Studies in cooperation with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) launched the English translations of the dictionary and grammar book written by Fray Diego Bergano, the Augustinian friar from Spain who studied the Kapampangan language way back.

The launch was held at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros (the walls of which were erected mostly, if not absolutely, by Kapampangan workers. Being a Kapampangan concerned on language, I attended the event and was glad to see the turnout and the support we are getting from the government, especially Dr. Nolasco of KWF, who has finally made clear that what we call Filipino and Tagalog are practically the same.

Estelito Mendoza, Ambeth Ocampo, Bishop Aniceto, ABS-CBN (Pampanga?), Prof. Albina Peczon Fernandez (author of the anthology Ten), Tonette Orejas, Andy Alviz of ArtiSta. Rita, and other prominent people were there. Some members of UP Aguman were also there to support.

Now that we have the books translated, scholars may now study them to further develop the Kapampangan language and grammar. It is my wish that it would be Kapampangans who would do the study, since they are the ones who'd understand the texts and who'd be able to pinpoint where Bergano might have erred in his conclusions.

For instance, I want to propose a breakdown of some pronouns, which seem complex at first, but if one breaks them down in their theoretically original form, it could lessen lapses in writing down the language.

To answer questions of WHOM / WHOSE (KANINU), use KANG + PRONOUN.

Ninu (Who)
Kaninu / Kenu (Kang + Ninu) (To whom / For whom / Whose)

KANINU ya payung iyan?
Whose is that umbrella?

KANINU me ibiye ini?
To whom will you give this?

KANINU la ren?
For whom are those?

First Person

Kang + Aku / Ku
Kanaku / Kaku
(Sa) akin

Kang + Ikata / Kata
(Sa) ating dalawa

Kang + Ikatamu (Itamu) / Tamu
(Sa) atin[g lahat]

Kang + Ikami (Ike) / Kami (ke)
(Sa) amin

Second Person

Kang + Ika / Ka

Kang + Ikayu (Iko) / Kayu
Sa inyo

Third Person

Kang + Iya
(Sa) kaniya

Kari (Kang + di) + Ila
(Sa) kanila

For non-human possessions

Kang + Ini

Kang + Iti

Kang + Iyan

Kang + Ita

Kang + Deni (Ding ini) / Kari (Kang + di) + Ini
Sa mga ito

Kang + Den (ding iyan) / Kari (Kang + di) + Iyan
Karen / Karean
Sa mga iyan

Kang + Deta (ding ita) / Kari (Kang + di) + Ita
Sa mga iyon


Filipinayzd said...

Congrats! Madali lang pala ang Kapampangan.

Jay-the Half Blood Alge said...

Funny, isn't "iti" also used by the Ilokanos?

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where can i get this dictionary? :)

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