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Seventeenth-Century Events at Liliw By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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This book is the translation and the analysis of the Paglayonan manuscript of ten folios from the collections of the Newberry Library. The document is a compilation of official deeds from the Laguna... More > town of Lilíw, Philippines. They report two events that took place in the Seventeenth Century: the one concerns the genteel Paglayúnan family, the other the making of an altarpiece for the church of San Juan-Bautista de Lilio by Chinese craftsmen from Sinilúan, another Laguna town. Both give insights into provincial life during the Early Spanish Period. The most striking feature is that the Tagalogs who wrote these texts used the term hárì, generally translated as ‘king’, to refer to their parish priest.< Less
Numbers and Units in Old Tagalog By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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No doubt this book will meet the demand of historians, linguists, mathematicians, numismatists, philippinologists and tagalists as well as all the readers interested in the unusual. Like the 1992... More > article on which it is based, this book is the first one in English to broach the difficult subject of numeral expressions in Old Tagalog and the various concepts and measures associated with them. The book is about ten times as long as the article because it comprises a lexicon that deals with gold, money, taxes, usury, units of measurement, etc. Examples are numerous and generally drawn from such classics as the grammar of San Joseph (1610), Pinpin’s manual (1610), the dictionaries of San Buenaventura (1613) and Noceda & Sanlucar (1754, 1860). Differently from the majority of publications on Tagalog, all the terms and examples are fully accented according to a precise system developed by the author, and explained in an appendix.< Less
Koxinga of Taiwan By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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This is a modest digest of what should be known about the life and deeds of Koxinga (Zhèng Chénggōng), the Ming military mandarin who founded Chinese Taiwan, and belonged to a... More > family of international traders commanding a vast fortune and a fleet of merchantmen. Sometimes, instead of smoothly following its predictable course, history swerves to another direction because of an unexpected event. When Ming China was invaded by the Manchus, instead of collaborating to make even more profits, Koxinga launched a resistance movement. Yet, his fate was apparently sealed for hadn’t he been compelled by tradition to celebrate his birthday during the siege of Nanking, he would not have been defeated by the Manchus the morning after. If he had not died suddenly the year he ordered the Spaniards of Manila to pay him a tribute as to their sovereign, the Philippines would now be an overseas Chinese territory like Taiwan.< Less
Yeats and Noh By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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Under the influence of the lyrical drama of Medieval Japan called “Noh (Nōgaku)”, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) wrote ten short plays to be performed for small elite audiences.... More > These plays constitute his “noble theatre”. They fall into two generations. Six plays belong to the first generation: At the Hawk’s Well (1917), The only Jealousy of Emer (1919), The Dreaming of the Bones (1919), Calvary (1920), The Cat and the Moon (1926), a farce, and Resurrection (1931). The second generation comprises four plays: A Full Moon in March (1935), The King of the Great Clock Tower (1935), Purgatory (1939), and The Death of Cuchulain (1939).< Less
Mirrored in French 1/2 By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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A parallel sitcom in English and French targeted at teenagers and adults who want to brush up and improve their French. The text is cut up into short, easy-to-remember segments, each having its own... More > equivalent in front of it in the other language. The purpose of this method is to give the learner an opportunity to read a lot without having to open a dictionary. / Comédie de situation parallèle anglais-français destinée aux adolescents et aux adultes qui veulent réviser ou améliorer leur anglais. Le texte est découpé en courts segments faciles à mémoriser, chacun ayant son propre équivalent en face dans l’autre langue. Le but de cette méthode est de donner à l’apprenant l’occasion de lire beaucoup sans avoir à ouvrir un dictionnaire.< Less
Mirrored in French 2/2 By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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A parallel sitcom in English and French targeted at teenagers and adults who want to brush up and improve their French. The text is cut up into short, easy-to-remember segments, each having its own... More > equivalent in front of it in the other language. The purpose of this method is to give the learner an opportunity to read a lot without having to open a dictionary. / Comédie de situation parallèle anglais-français destinée aux adolescents et aux adultes qui veulent réviser ou améliorer leur anglais. Le texte est découpé en courts segments faciles à mémoriser, chacun ayant son propre équivalent en face dans l’autre langue. Le but de cette méthode est de donner à l’apprenant l’occasion de lire beaucoup sans avoir à ouvrir un dictionnaire.< Less
Baybayin, the Syllabic Alphabet of the Tagalogs By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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When the Spaniards conquered the Philippines (Cebu 1565, Manila 1571), they noticed several of its nations had a writing system of their own, called Baybáyin in Tagalog. It was a king of... More > short-hand that did not make it possible to record closing consonants; thus i-lu in Baybáyin could represent í-log "river", i-lóng "nose" or it-lóg "egg", so much so that, while easy to write, it was difficult to read. Because of this shortcoming, it gave way to the Latin alphabet in the course of the 17th century. Nowadays Filipino graphic artists are reviving Baybáyin to express their philippineness.< Less
FILIPINIANA BIBLIOGRAPHY By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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This book is the list of printed documents I have collected about the Philippines in general and the Tagalog language in particular. The entries are followed by an index of the themes involved.
Ancient Beliefs and Customs of the Tagalogs By Jean-Paul G. POTET
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This book is a provisional essay, followed by a vocabulary and an index, on the Tagalogs’ world view in the Sixteenth Century. It is mainly based on the entries of the earliest dictionaries of... More > the Tagalog language. These were written by Spanish lexicographers about half-a-century after the conquest of the Philippines (Cebu 1565, Manila 1571). Additional data are drawn from Spanish chronicles. Many of the recorded beliefs and customs were already obsolete at the turn of the Seventeenth Century. Some are extremely surprising, starting from the primeval myth according to which the world had no solid land at its beginning, but only two fluids, water and air.< Less
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