IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(2): 141-144 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.2.164

Analysis on Modals of Filipino as a Category of Adverb

Niña Lilia R. Javier
Abstract—This study discussed and analyzed the different modals of Filipino language wherein a concise and easy to understand description of the modal was given by the researcher. There is only a limited number of books in Filipino that discuss modals. In the Tagalog and Filipino grammar, it was not yet clear on what lexical category modal is included. This study clearly explained that the modal in the Filipino language is a category of adverb because the adverb dictates the modal in Filipino. The modal is also focused on the word it modifies in the sentence; therefore, the modal acts as a modifier. The study used comparative analysis on the modals in Filipino and English. This analysis uncovered the great role of modals in changing the meaning of the sentence. It is important to understand the use of modals because by using modals in sentences (syntax), there would be a clear semantics or a well-defined meaning denoted and distinct purpose of the speaker. Overall, these insights will also serve as a contribution to the study and teaching of modals of Filipino and eventually, this can also be included in Filipino grammar books.

Index Terms—Adverb, modals, linguistics, semantics, syntax.

Niña Lilia R. Javier is with the Bulacan State University, City of Malolos, Bulacan 3000 Philippines (e-mail: nina.lilia_javier@yahoo.com).

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Cite:Niña Lilia R. Javier, "Analysis on Modals of Filipino as a Category of Adverb," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 141-144, 2018.

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