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Table of Contents
Title Page............................................................................................i
Acknowledgement......................................................................ii
Table of Contens......................................................................................iii

Chapter I....................................................................................1
Introduction and Background of the story.........................1
Significance of the Study..................................................3
Scope and Limitations......................................................5
Chapter II...................................................................................
Research Problem.................................................................................8
Effects..................................................................................................10

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Acknowledgement

“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.”

I  would  like  to  express my sincerest thanks to those special persons  who  made  my  life  so meaningful.
I  owe  my  deepest  gratitude  to  my  parents  for  all of their support   and   sacrifices   that   they   made  for   me   and  for  providing everything  I  need.
To  Sir  JP  Valeza,  he  tried and  tried  to  teach  us until  we understand  what  we  supposed  to do  with the  project work.
To all of  my  friends,  for the kindness,  trust, for guiding me
when  I  am  wrong  and  lots of  all  the  enjoyment  you  gave to me.
And  lastly  to  Almighty  God  who  gave  me  everything  I
have  now  and  for  giving  me  peace  of  mind  in  making  this  work.
Lord,  teach  me  to  think  before  doing  things.
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Chapter I

Introduction and Background of the Study
Learning and teaching grammar is an important aspect of language learning. It is not enough to know how to translate words into different languages. One of the aims of language learning is to help students learn effective communication, thus learning the correct grammar is essential. As noted by many grammarians, studying a second language primarily consisted of grammatical analysis and translation of written forms.  Developed for analysis of Greek and Latin, this approach divided the target language into eight parts of speech: nouns, verbs, participles, articles, pronouns, prepositions, adverbs and conjunctions. Learning the language required study of the eight categories in written text and the development of rules for their use in translation.
            However, when 18th century grammarians moved beyond the Greek and Roman classics and began the study of English, again using the eight categories to generate grammar rules, it became clear that the parts of speech could not be used as effectively to analyze a language in which word order and syntax produced grammatical function and where rules often had multiple exceptions. Nonetheless, this traditional approach remained the basis of instructional pedagogy in the United States and England until recently (Howatt, 1984), and is still being used in a number of countries as the primary method of English instruction. This is particularly true for many English as foreign language (EFL) classrooms, where English is learned mainly through translation into the native language and memorization of grammar rules and vocabulary.
            Today, grammarians have been able to use modern pedagogical grammars for teaching and learning. Pedagogical grammars generally describe the full structural complexity of any given unit (Swan, 1995), but significant differences may emerge in the distribution of potential elements in actual discourse.
As mentioned, one of the defining characteristics of a modern pedagogical grammar is that it provides descriptive information which is
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helpful for learners of the language. With this definition, this paper will try to compare the helpfulness of two pedagogical grammars by describing the features of transitivity of verbs and passive voice.  However, with the emergence of the jejemon languages, educational authorities are trying to convey its effect on the students.
According to UrbanDictionary.Com, it is anyone with a low tolerance for correct punctuation, syntax and grammar. This definition is limited to the linguistic style of Jejemons. But in reality, Jejemon is a new breed of hipsters who have developed not only their own language and written text but also their own sub-culture and fashion.
For brevity, I will limit this article to Jejemon language, which for lack of grammatical “canon” on how to call it, I will call it the “Jejenese” and their alphabet, “Jejebet.
The Jejenese is not just confined to Pinoy Jejemons. Just before I wrote this, I played “Warcraft” and found a European opponent who enjoys typing “jejejeje” in a very wide context, much to my disdain as he sabotages my online quests. Another group of foreign Jejemons, although their Jejemonism seems so trivial to actually classify them as Jejemons, are the Thais who type “hahaha” this way: “5555.” You will see a lot of these in your Thai friend’s Facebook status messages. Since, the number 5 translates to “ha” in Thai, as explained by my friend Pakorn Dokmai. I’m sure many of you have personal encounters with other foreign Jejemons, be in Manila or abroad. So we can assume that Jejemon is a worldwide phenomenon.
Text messaging is the first ever evidence that the Jejemons are not just fictional creatures; they really emerge. They have a set of eyes (and obviously the time) that can easily decipher the word hidden in jumbled letters, alternating capitalization, over-usage of the letters H, X or Z and mixture of numeric characters and our normal alphabet. To be able to understand Jejenese or to Jejetype is definitely a skill.
In a commentary, “Intellectualizing a Language,” by Dr. Ricardo Ma. Nolasco published on June 13, 2009, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, he said that: “We will never be able to develop our languages for higher thinking unless we begin basic literacy and education in them.” With the prevalence of Jejemon, will the long process of intellectualization of our Filipino language be held back? I believe that the answer depends on one’s lenience with the Jejemons. Just as whether or not the Jejenese and the Jejebet wreak havoc on major languages depends on how one perceives Jejemonism.
The Jejemons find their place in their world by finding a clan, or a regular group of people they text and talk with in Jejenese. Regardless of whether they know each other or not, they will talk to other members of these clans and even meet up with them in Jejelands (frequent hang-outs).


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Significance of the Study

A Jejemon is basically a variation of homo sapiens sub-species Jeje that originates in the Asia-Pacific   island   nation   the   Philippines.  Jejes  on  the  other  hand  are  of  the  pure  and original  form and is  claimed to have  originated  in what we know today as Latin America. This post will discuss the Jejemon strain of the Jejes.
Jejemons  (Jejemonus  Filiponensis)  are  creatures  of  the  night.  Their  activity  period
ranges  from  8pm  to  4am  local  time.  They  have  been  discovered  by  the  world-renowned
Filipino adventurer Juan dela Cruz in the early start of the millennium.
It   is   said   that   Jejemons   are   often   seen   clustering   around   social   networking sites   such as   Facebook   and   Friendster.   They  are   also  spotted   in   massive  numbers  in television  chat   rooms   albeit   they   were   just   starting   to   flourish   at   the   time  of  Juan dela  Cruz's  discovery  of  them.  To date,   there  is an estimated  7.4 million  Jejemons  thriving in  the  Philippines.  They   have   since   started   booming   proportionally  with  the  fast  global progress of technology.
It  is  difficult  to  distinguish  Jejemons  from  normal  human  beings  solely  by physical
appearance.   They   look   like   human   beings,  they  eat  like   human beings,  they   dress  like
human   beings.   A   Jejemon   can   only   be   distinguished   by   their   writing   language,   the jejebet.  The  jejebet  is  a  combination  of  the  English  alphabet  and  counting numbers which,  in  a  strange  mix of  character  substitution,  surprisingly  makes words  that  are understandable only to the Jejes and Jejeologists (normal people that study Jejemons).
Jejemons   are   generally   thought   to   have   very   low   IQs,  although  this  claim still
remains unproven. This might be due to the  failure  of  the  jejebrain  to  produce  and  terminate brain cells than that of the normal rate of average human beings. Extreme head heat  (which have been thought to decrease brain size)  while  wearing  gangsta  caps  and gangsta  shirts  and  24/7  beer  diets  have  been  also  attributed  for  the  jejemons'  low IQ  levels.

Below are some of the basic Jejemon words (Warning: May cause severe headache if you try too hard to understand. Patience and comprehension is required):
            aQcKuHh - means me/ako
            lAbqCkyOuHh - means I love you
            yuHh - means you
            jAjaJa - garbled words conveying laughter
            jeJejE - a variation of jAjaJa; conveys sly laughter
            iMiszqcKyuH - means I miss you
            eEoW pFhUeEhsxz - means hi/hello
The   main  media  used  by  jejemons  are  both  basic   and   advanced   cellphone units,  
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television  units  and  personal  computer  units.
Just  a  couple  of  years  ago,  Jejemons  have  started  "evolving"  their  eye  color (from  the   original   brown  to  blue  or  purple or pink)  through their  extensive  knowledge of  Adobe  Photoshop and  various internet  programs. This behaviour  is  proof that they are  indeed capable of  higher  intelligence, an action  previously thought of as impossible by  many  jejeientists  (normal  people  that  study  jeje  sciences).
Normal people have since started to act to  eradicate  the  thriving   jejemon population.  These   normal   people   identify   themselves   as   Grammar  Nazis   and/or Jejebusters (started  appearing 2 years  after  the  Great Jejemon Infestation; also known as  the  GJI  of  2001).  They  actively seek and hunt jejemon communities with only one purpose: to eliminate. Their preferred  weapon   is   the   MG13-liLipAdkaAyUohH grammar  gun  and  the  BZ-aRayqcKuoHh  rocket-propelled   paragraph  grenade.  It  is  manufactured  and  supplied  by  an  unidentified  grammar  armaments  specialty  group in  an   undisclosed   location  in  the  Philippines.  Their  equipment  is mainly made of S-grade  Manila  Bulletin  Newspaper  vests  which  boasts  impressive  proper  grammar. "Extream Panda" is currently the Grammar Nazi's mascot.
Recently  the  Philippine  Government,  spearheaded  by  Gloria  Macapagal-Arroyo,  has moved to  the decision  considering jejemons a threat to society and its  normal living conditions.  With  the   upcoming   elections  nearing,  presidential  aspirants  and political   parties  here  and  there have been vowing to halt the ferocious growth of the jejemons. One  well-known  aspirant,  Gilberto Teodoro Jr. has promised to push forward  the  JSE  (Jejemon Specialty Education)  into  law  if  voted  for  president.
Teodoro was one of the  first  to  recognize  the  perils of  Jejenism (the Jejemon religion;  not to be  confused with  Jejemonism, the belief  that  Jejemons are superior than normal people) and  its  undue but very influential teachings. Jejeientists, Jejeologists, Jejebusters and Grammar Nazis  have expressed their delight and have stated that they are more  than  ready  to  participate  in this historic undertaking by stopping Jejemons from learning the Jejenese  language  (speaking   language   of   Jejemons   together  with  the Jejebet; has been recently  discovered by  Jejeientist  Ranzkiedoodles during her gruelling sojourn at Jejeland) and instead  teaching  them  the  normal  speaking  languages  of Filipino and English.
Urban dictionary says:
1) Usually  seen  around  social  networking  sites  such  as Friendster and Multiply, jejemons are individuals  with  low  IQs  who  spread  around  their  idiocy  on  the web by tYpFing LyK diZS  jejejeje, making all people viewing their profile raise their  eyebrows  out  of annoyance. Normal people  like you  and  me must take a Bachelor of Arts in Jejetyping in order  to  understand  said  individuals,  as  deciphering  their  text  would  cause  a lot of frustration and hair pulling.

2)  Jejemons  are  not  just  confined  to  trying-hard Filipino gangsters and emos. A Jejemon can  also include a variety of Latino-Hispanic fags who  enjoy  typing "jejejejeje" in a  wider  context,  
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much to the disdain  of  their  opponents  in  an  internet  MMORPG game such as Ragnarok and DOTA.

3)  Basically anyone with a low tolerance in correct punctuation, syntax and  grammar.  Jejemons  are  usually  hated  or  hunted   down   by   Jejebusters  or   the  grammar  nazi  to  eradicate  their  grammatical  ways.

Scope and Limitations
            The phenomenon has triggered enormous social debate, with the government declaring an "all out war" against the cyber-dialect, called 'jejemon', but the Catholic Church defending it as a form of free expression.
The word 'jejemon' is derived from 'jeje' as a substitute for 'hehe' – the SMS term for laughter – and then affixing it with 'mon' –taken from the popular Japanese anime of cute trainable monsters called "Pokemon."
Education Secretary Mona Valisno believes it could blunt the Philippines' edge in English proficiency, which has long helped the impoverished country attract foreign investment and sustain its lucrative outsourcing industry.
"Texting or using wrong English and wrong spelling could be very bad," Valisno told reporters recently as she declared her war on jejemon, urging teachers and parents to encourage the nation's youth to use correct English.
"What I am concerned about is the right construction, grammar. This is for their own improvement, for them to be able to land good jobs in the future."
Jejemon emerged over the past year as young people tried to shorten text messages on mobile phones, language experts say.
It then morphed into a unique language that spawned new words and phrases by deliberately stringing together mis-spelled words without syntax and liberally sprinkling them with punctuation marks. And the initial idea of tighter texting got lost as many "words" became longer than the originals.
Instead of spelling "hello" for example, jejemon users spell it as "HeLouWH" or "Eowwwh", while the expression "oh, please" becomes "eoowHh. puhLeaZZ." Or, throwing a bit of the local language Tagalog into the mix, you can tell your significant other "lAbqCkyOuHh" [I love you] or "iMiszqcKyuH" [I miss you], and convey that you're happy by texting "jAjaja" or "jeJejE."
There are however no hard and fast rules in the constantly evolving jejemon, which perhaps adds to its appeal for teens and the bewilderment of adults.


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The jejemon craze quickly spread among the country's more than 50 million mobile phone subscribers, who send a world-leading average of up to 12 text messages each every day, according to industry and government figures.
It then found its way among Filipinos in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
For Manila high school student Laudemer Pojas, jejemon is an important part of his lifestyle that allows him to talk with friends using coded messages beyond the grasp of his strict parents.
"I am a jejemon addict," said the portly 17-year-old Pojas. "I don't know what the big fuss is all about. It's orig [unique] to people my age, like street lingo but on the net and texting.
"It's also easier to do and can't be read by my parents who check my mobile phone from time to time."He said he met many new friends on Facebook after he joined a site defending jejemon from the "jejebusters" – or those who hate the language.
Gary Mariano, a professor at Manila's De La Salle University and an expert in new media, said he had mixed feelings about jejemon."I'm torn between efficiency and formal correctness," Mariano said, pointing out jejemon was borne out of people simply adapting to a digital lifestyle.
"I require my students to use formal language in school papers, but when it comes to ordinary e-mails or text messages, I can be more tolerant.
"There should be no shame in using shortcuts in Internet language, but for the young ones who have not been exposed to proper English, then jejemon will not give them that foundation."
He noted that languages had always evolved, with many of the world's tongues constantly borrowing from one another.
"Even in modern English, there is still a debate on which is better, the one spoken by the British or the Americans," he said. "The history of language has been full of transitions."
Mariano said he used jejemon, albeit sparingly, and that he knew of many English grammar teachers who had taken to it.
English was first introduced to the archipelago more than a century ago when the United States brought in teachers to tutor the locals at the end of its war with Spain in 1898.
By the time full independence was gained in the mid-1940s, English was so widely spoken it subsequently became the medium of instruction in all schools and the unofficial second language next to Filipino.
But educators in recent years have lamented that spoken and written English appears to have deteriorated among the more than 90 million Filipinos.
One key indicator is that outsourcing firms that once relied on the pool of American-sounding Filipinos have recently reported a drop in recruitment.


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This has forced the government to allocate more funds to upgrade English proficiency skills among teachers – which education secretary Valisno warned would be imperiled if the jejemon phenomenon was not stopped.
However, jejemon advocates have found an unlikely ally in the influential Roman Catholic Church, whose position on key social issues shapes public opinion. It said jejemon was a form of free expression, comparing it to the language of hippies decades ago.
"Language is merely an expression of experience," said Joel Baylon, who heads the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines' commission on youth. What is more important are the values behind the language."


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Chapter II
Research Problem
That has been the question on everybody's mind ever since a picture of presidential aspirant Gilbert Teodoro holding a sign declaring that he would send all jejemons back to elementary school started circulating on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
But even before making its debut on Urban Dictionary, the word "jejemon'' has been making sporadic appearances elsewhere on the web. On Pinoy Tumblr, for instance, "jejemon" appeared on a post made on April 14 about vice-presidential candidate Jejomar Binay -- complete with a fake campaign poster calling him "Jejemon Binay".
It makes an even earlier appearance on the My Ragnarok Online Forum. In a post that went up on March 14 entitled "Jejemon ka ba?", user Deviluke points out that most jejemon wear baggy clothes and sport jejecaps - rainbow caps usually worn backwards and just placed on top of one's head.
Artuji.com points out that "jeje" enjoys popular usage among Spanish-speaking countries as a word to denote laughter. "Jejemon" sprung from its combination with the subculture spawned by popular Asian anime, "Pokemon".
NEW POP PHENOMENON
Administrators and members of Gotta Kill 'Em All, Jejemon seem to agree that the term "jejemon" was first coined a month ago, but the behavior attributed to jejemon was around for much longer.
"This kind of typing started when text messaging became famous and they used it to shorten long text messages," says Kahel, one of the administrators of Gotta Kill 'Em All, Jejemon.
"I first encountered them in high school. Mobile messaging was the newest and hottest technological trend then," says 24-year-old quality analyst Aldrin Fauni-Tanos. "Like dinosaurs, their existence preceded their discovery and categorization."
MAJOR IRRITANT
The initial reaction to jejemon talk was the same across the board - irritation and bewilderment.
"I am shocked that they text like that because I really can't understand the messages. I just had to accept the fact that some people have 'skills' to make language oh so despicable," recalls 19-year-old Nheigeio Balatbat, also an administrator of Gotta Kill 'Em All, Jejemon.
But how does one exactly become a jejemon?
It starts with the slippery slope of text messaging.


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Fourteen-year-old Zee Puerto is an incoming high school student and is also an administrator of Gotta Kill 'Em All, Jejemon. Unlike the other administrators, Puerto has a much more intimate connection with the jejemons that the group is so vehemently against.
"I was one of them way back. Texting was one of the most important media that made an impact on jejemons. When my friends started to text like that, they also influenced me. I started typing like them, like using 'x' instead of 's'," he admits. "But when they started to use extra letters it began to annoy me."
For others, it is just a style, comparing it to "leet speak", a globally accepted form of writing that is used by the intellectual geek community.
"Style lang, parang sa Jose, 'H' 'yung pagbasa sa 'J'. Parang leet speak. Ewan ko kung bakit ngayon lang lumabas ang mga haters," explains 14-year-old student Jella Mella, who texts like a jejemon but refuses to be called one. "Bigay lang ng mga haters ang pangalan na jejemon kasi 'jeje' ang tawa namin."
These jejemons, according to Fauni-Tanos, have nobody to blame but themselves. "A jejemon has no one else to blame but himself," he says. "A lot of people think it is cute. Its successful transmission can be attributed to the fact that idiocy if wrapped in cuteness can appear desirable...to other idiots.''
SPELLING NAZIS
Since bursting into the public consciousness, hate has been something that jejemons are likely to encounter, online or off the Internet. Mella says that her Facebook wall has encountered its own share of haters who have wished for her death.
"'Bumalik ka na sa planeta niyo, p*******a mong jejemon ka, bakit hindi ka pa mamatay.' May nag-post niyan dati sa wall ko," she shares. "Wala naman kaming ginagawang masama sa kanila. Hindi nila kami kilala, bakit nila kami i-jujudge?"
The excessive amount of vitriol directed at the jejemons has gotten the attention of some celebrities, who decry the hate being directed towards the group. Musician Rico Blanco, for instance, has called for calm on his Twitter account.
"Easy lang friends, di naman naba-badtrip sa inyo mga jejemon pag-umo OMG at lumulurkey kayo. Walang pakialamanan ng trip," he states on a tweet posted on April 23.
Actress Alessandra de Rossi and broadcaster Ces Drilon have also condemned the wholesale ridicule that the group has received.
Even the administrators of the Gotta Kill 'Em All, Jejemon fan page have begun to realize that the energy directed towards embarrassing and humiliating jejemon could be better directed towards more constructive activities.
"I think the hate was overreaction," says Balatbat. "I know of people who join jejemon hate groups just so they can kill time insulting people, but some of the insults and curses cross the line. These people are humans too. So to protect their rights, I and my fellow administrators have decided to have censorship rules on our fan page.''
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"Annoyance is natural and expected, but I think hating them is an overreaction. There will always be people who will offend you or annoy you for the things that they do," agrees Fauni-Tanos. "The question is: are they doing this to directly annoy you or is it simply because they do not know any better? I have a feeling that the majority of jejemons simply do not know that 'jejenese' is a poor reflection of their intelligence."
SHOULD DEPED BE ALARMED?
Should English teachers and the Department of Education be concerned about the popularity of jejemons? The online consensus seems to think that they should be.
"Once you become used to a certain way of life, you'll adapt it unconsciously. I've seen a valedictorian use jejetyping and I was disappointed with the grammar in her Friendster account," says Balatbat.
"The problem is that most people lack the will to 'upgrade' their own intelligences. Many Filipinos are fine with mediocrity: having enough of this and that, having enough school and education to survive," adds Fauni-Tanos. "Not too many people want to know more. Thus, most are fine with substandard language as long as it can be understood."
Most agree that simply making jejemons aware of their actions will be enough to put them off.
"Jejemons and jejemon-friends need to be informed that their language is more of a barrier than a medium. It takes too much effort to read, and I doubt if it is actually easier to compose than a phrase in standard Filipino or English," explains Fauni-Tanos.

Effects of Jejemon
Good Effects of Jejemon
• Gives pleasure to a social group. Jejemons became a tribe, so if you are one of them, you tend to enjoy like them. I can’t object and I’m not against them but I know every gang or sorority brings pleasure to anyone in a way he feels he belongs…
• Secret codes. If you’re a Jejemon, you definitely know how to speak and how to communicate with them. Only you and your folks can understand each other pretty well. So maybe, in times of secrecy, you can converse using your special terms.
• The feeling of freedom. If you’re a proud Jejemon, it also means you don’t care about anti-Jejemon critics. It’s a sign that you are liberated from what others would think.

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Bad Effects of Jejemon
• You forget your main language. Whatever it is, English or Filipino, if you’re a Jejemon, you always speak with it, so you get used to it. Your other dialects are set aside. Oftentimes, it will let you forget the right spelling or grammar in English or Filipino.
• Jologs status. (Ok Jejemons don’t freak out) Jologs, just like Jejemon, is a term used to denote low class group who are majority from the province towns, often times termed as “tambay” Jologs is a label of no-care to the world of etiquette or whatever is prim and proper for that matter.
• Outcast. Jejemons unfortunately are not widely accepted in the nation so if someone sort of suspects he’s talking to one, he won’t talk with him again or be a friend with him. A perfect example would be what I’ve read from a site that says, “OMG you’re a Jejemon! Bye!” Because of it, Jejemon has been a big social issue.
• Difficult to read. All would agree it’s freaking hard to read Jejemon words.
  • Reading: some researches
  • Watching: showtime
  • Playing: RFO
  • Eating: MAgic Flakes
  • Drinking: kalamansi juice (para daw sa may ubo)
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yatoy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
nice research :-) Thank you for the Fave on my painting :-)
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diyubaku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
walang anuman kuya!!!! jejejejeje LOL
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