What is it about?

Process of construction of a 8 million words written Chavacano corpus and the development of a taxonomy to classify spelling errors in Zamboanga Chavacano.

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Why is it important?

Zamboanga Chavacano is the most widely spoken Philippine Creole Spanish (PCS) variety. Chavacano is the only Spanish-based creole spoken in Asia and an endangered language from the Philippines.


Although Zamboanga Chavacano orthography has been standardised in 2014, to this day most Zamboangueños still write the language using ad hoc spelling systems influenced by Filipino, English and Spanish to varying degrees. Further expanding the corpus regularly would allow to analyse the evolution of its spelling practices over time and observe changes in the spelling mistakes made by Zamboanga Chavacano writers.

Marcelo Yuji Himoro
Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia

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This page is a summary of: Construcción de un corpus escrito y una ontología de errores ortográficos del chabacano zamboangueño, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, March 2023, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/resla.20052.him.
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