HILIGAYNON-VISAYAN GAYS’ SPOKEN DISCOURSE: A MORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

Gay lingo evolved as a form of anti-languages which are usually developed by marginalized communities as a secret language to protect themselves from discrimination. For posterity reasons, the existing language of Hiligaynon-Visayan gays needs to be documented for future reference as changes in its lexicon are quite rapid. To have a better understanding of how Hiligaynon-Visayan gay lingo is formed, a structural analysis of its morphology was conducted. This study utilized a self-administered questionnaire that identified the common vocabulary of local gays. Based on the data provided by 25 purposively selected gay college students and professionals of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, it revealed that gay lingo is just an adaptation of the mainstream languages such as Hiligaynon-Visayan, English, and Filipino. Findings show that Ilonggo gays construct their lexicon through clipping with affixation, straight words with affixation, use of popular names, nativization of loan words, cancellation, connotation through images, and using loan words with corrupted denotation. In conclusion, the spoken discourse of Hiligaynon-Visayan gays of CHMSC observes no structural rules, is constantly evolving, its changes are deliberate and in tune with the times.

Keywords: Gay lingo, Hiligaynon-Visayan, Discourse Analysis, Lexicon, Morphological.

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