Datapoint Tagalog / Gender Distinctions in Independent Personal Pronouns

Discuss WALS Datapoint Tagalog / Gender Distinctions in Independent Personal Pronouns.

2 Responses to “Datapoint Tagalog / Gender Distinctions in Independent Personal Pronouns”

  1. Dave Morris Says:

    I couldn’t help but notice that you only included 2 of the multitude of Filipino languages, and neither of those is Visayan/Bisayan/Cebuano. Given that Visayan is the native language of more Filipinos than any other language (Tagalog is spoken by more, but for most it isn’t their true native tongue), shouldn’t it be included as well? I believe it would count as another white dot (no gender differentiating pronouns).

  2. Matthew Dryer Says:

    Each of the WALS chapters is based on a sample of languages that varies to some degree from one author to another. The author for this chapter used a sample of 378 languages. For a sample of that size that maximizes genealogical diversity, having only two languages from the Philippines is sufficient and including more would not be justified if one is attempting to maximize genealogical diversity.

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