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Linguistics inaugurates new facilities; marks 91st

(August 22)—A library, a language laboratory and a classroom were inaugurated on the occasion of the 91st anniversary of the Department of Linguistics of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy on August 6.

Housed at the fourth floor of Palma Hall (PH), rooms PH 400C and PH 400A now serve as the department’s language laboratory and classroom, respectively.  Meanwhile PH400B is the department library, which currently caters to the 200 undergraduate and graduate linguistics majors  as well as its faculty and staff. 

Department chair Prof. Aldrin P. Lee said the department library, will accommodate researchers and users from other departments  when  the department library connects with the University Main Library. 

The Linguistics Department Library holds a collection of 2,000 linguistic books, materials on Philippine languages; data and researches of Philippine languages;collections of Asian languages like Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and all other Asian languages the department teaches; and collections of Filipino linguists.  Among the library’s prized possessions are the collections of linguists Otto Scheerer and Isidore Dyen.

“They (Scheerer and Dyen collections) were handed directly to us.  Dyen handed it to the Department himself, while that of Scheerer’s was given by his heir,” Lee said.

The Department’s improvement of its facilities is part of its preparation for its long-term goal of establishing the Department in time for its centennial in 2022 as the center of linguistic research in Southeast Asia and as the center of the teaching of modern Asian languages in Southeast Asia.

“After being awarded as the Center of Excellence for Foreign Languages, now we want CHED (Commission on Higher Education) to form a technical committee in Linguistics, para makapag-apply rin kami sa Center of Excellence in Linguistics, ” Lee said.—MDJ