Posts made in July, 2009


“Spoken words are the symbols of mental experience, and written words are the symbols of spoken words.” (Interpretation, Aristotle) In a sense, phonetics may justly be called a study of symbols. The process we call speech is essentially a system of symbolization that has been built up to make negotiable from one individual to another his concept of certain objects, qualities, acts, ideas… (Source: Phonetics: An Introduction to...

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To come to know the baybayin symbols’ deeper meanings, we will need to be aware of our tacit knowing. …a corporeal or postural schema gives us a practical and implicit notion of the relation between our body and things. In this way we experience presence which, in the pre-verbal period of early childhood is a situation seemingly without distance, one of immediacy. It is this aspect of perception, of presence in a world...

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Mga Susi sa Pagkataong Pilipino This blog means to explore the baybayin at the levels of symbolism. This is a subjective experience that also allows one to notice nuances and new things about the various Filipino words that they form. In my own lakaran(journey), the baybayin has given me gifts that can be described as healing with regards to my Filipino identity. It began in the 1980s, when I was studying and discovering student...

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For us western and westernized/colonized people, the concept that a symbol within an alphabet as having a deeper meaning may be beyond our usual understanding of what we considered to be the alphabet’s only purpose—to convey various sounds of language. In order to recognize that the Philippine baybayin symbols may in fact contain deeper meanings we have to become aware of how our Westernized thinking gets in the way of...

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