Ano ang subaltern linguistics?

Ano ang subaltern linguistics? Ahmar Mahboob University of Sydney Salin sa Filipino ni Louie Jon A. Sánchez Translated into Filipino by: Louie Jon A. Sánchez Ang subaltern linguistics ay isang uri ng lingguwistika na ginagawa ng isang komunidad para sa kanilang ikalalakas, ikagagaling, at ikauunlad. Maaaring gawin ng sinuman ang subaltern linguistics. At, maaari itong gawin sa anumang wika—hindi nito kailangang gumamit ng anumang jargon o umasa sa Ingles. Ang layon ng subaltern linguistics ay lumikha ng mga ekonomiya,…

Poster Boy – a poem

Poster Boy – a poem Ahmar Mahboob, University of Sydney I wrote this poem when I accepted who I had become over time: a Poster Boy. Playing the game of the colonizers, I had learned to climb up the ladder of “success”, as defined by the colonials and internalized by us. This ladder being one that many of us learn to climb from childhood. “Success” is: to learn English (at the cost of mother tongue and other local languages), study in English medium schools, go abroad (preferably to the US or another western country), get a…

What is subaltern linguistics?

Subaltern linguistics is a linguistics carried out by and for a community’s self-empowerment, well-being, and prosperity. Subaltern linguistics can be carried out by anyone. And, it can be done in any language – it does not need to use or rely on English or on technical jargon

Modern linguistics is “non-sensical”?

Modern linguistics is “non-sensical”? Ahmar Mahboob University of Sydney, Australia This essay responds to the broad question: Why is it that a study of hard or applied sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, medicine) is more “desirable” and considered more “valuable” than a study of language and/or linguistics? A one-line answer to the question is: because a study of language/linguistics makes limited (and sometimes no, or even negative) contributions to people or community. Or, put another way: we value things that…

I am subaltern-a poem

I am subaltern That’s why they don’t like me I am subaltern That’s why they deny me I am subaltern That’s why they devoice me I am subaltern That’s why I don’t know Stupid Crazy Wrong Weak Incorrect That’s what they think of me Rude Arrogant Bull-shitter Unread Fucked up That’s what they think of me I am subaltern That’s why they ignore me I am subaltern That’s why they forget me I am subaltern That’s why they override me I am subaltern That’s why I don’t know I am subaltern That’s why I don’t…

Subaltern linguistics: A call for action

“Ahmar, my friend, you live in Western civilization, speak and teach the language you see as highly oppressive, yet enjoy the benefits of the freedom it affords you to do so, to criticize it publically.” (a comment on my Facebook post that shared the following article: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/university-of-wollongong-reject-the-secret-ramsay-deal) This is not the first (nor last) time that people have made such comments to me. I want to take a moment to respond to them. First, it is not just the Western…