BAG Lectures

The Br Andrew Gonzalez FSC
Distinguished Professorial Chair in Linguistics & Language Education 



  • To honor an intellectual giant, a distinguished linguist, teacher, scholar, humanist, writer, administrator, a builder of persons and institutions, a man of vision and mission, a doer, a Christian brother, and a Filipino patriot


2020 Professorial Chair Lecture


Shirley N. Dita (De La Salle University, Manila)

Professorial Chair Holder 2020

“Philippine Linguistics:   Looking Back, Moving Forward   "


Date: February 29 2020; 10-12 NN

Venue: De La Salle University, Manila


Philippine Linguistics: Looking Back, Moving Forward


In celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, and, coincidentally, the 50th anniversary of the completion of his UC Berkeley dissertation on Pampangan, I attempt to provide an update on, arguably, one of the topics he was most passionate about: the Philippine languages.    


I will draw largely from the two state-of-art works on Philippine Linguistics (Reid, 1981; Liao, 2006) in assessing the current status of this field. In his 1981 work, Reid made strong recommendations on the areas of Dictionary, Grammars, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, Discourse, and Comparative-Historical. On the other hand, Liao (2006), highlighted two  important questions in her work: 1) What types of research have been done on Philippine languages from 1981-2005? 2) Are the studies on Philippine languages mainly done by Filipinos or non-Filipinos? After 15 years, it is fitting to provide another update on what has been done, so far, on Philippine linguistics, with emphasis on whether the recommendations of Reid and Liao have been addressed.    


In this talk, I intend to highlight the works on Philippine languages, in the areas of orthography, grammars, dictionary, morphosyntax, and corpus building, especially those that have been done by Filipinos. In the latter part of the presentation, I will provide an overview of what would be my, together with my team, most important contribution to date to Philippine linguistics - the expansion of the current 19 languages in the MTBMLE program.   



Shirley N. Dita is Associate Professor of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics of De La Salle University, the Philippines and Director of the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research (LIDER). She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the same university where she graduated With Distinction. Shirley considers Description of Philippine Languages, including Philippine English, as her filed of interest.  She has given various presentations on these areas here and abroad. She is likewise involved in various projects on language documentation and corpus building of Philippine languages and is mentoring PhD and MA students on these topics. She is a strong advocate of MTB-MLE and indigenous languages in the Philippines, as well.  Shirley is the Immediate Past President of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP), the former Secretary of the Asian Association for Lexicography (AsiaLex), the organizer of Action Research, Action Learning (ARAL) international congress and a member of the Executive Board of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society (SEALS) and the International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL). 



Past Professorial Chair Lectures


Ariane Macalinga Borlongan (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Professorial Chair Holder 2019

“Rethinking Br. Andrew Gonzalez on Philippine English "

Aldrin P. Lee (University of the Philippines, Diliman)

Professorial Chair Holder 2018

“Redressing Linguicism in the Philippines: A Linguistic Human Rights (LHR)-Based Approach"


Lawrence A. Reid (University of Hawai'i)

Professorial Chair Holder 2016

“Revisiting the Position of Philippine Languages

in the Austronesian Family"


Loy M. Lising

Professorial Chair Holder 2015

“The linguistic ideologies of multilingualism and skilled migration: The case of Filipino skilled migrants in the Australian diaspora”


Marilu R. Madrunio

Professorial Chair Holder 2013

“Language, power, and control in Philippine courtroom discourse”


James Martin

Professorial Chair Holder 2012

“Modelling and mentoring: The yin and yang of teaching and learning from home through schoool


William Hall

Professorial Chair Holder 2011

“New trends in Philippine language assessment and documentation”


Kingsley Bolton

Professorial Chair Holder 2010

“Remembering Br. Andrew”


Topsie Ruanni F. Tupas

Professorial Chair Holder 2009

“(Re)discovering Philippine applied linguistics: Language and secessionism in Muslim Mindanao“


Resty M. Cena

Professorial Chair Holder 2008

“Tagalog: Driving on the left side of the road”


Charles Mann

Professorial Chair Holder 2007

“Implementing Nigeria’s language education policy: The gap between theory and practice“


Hsiu-chuan Liao

Professorial Chair Holder 2006

“Philippine linguistics: The state of the art 1981-2005”


David Paul R. Zorc

Professorial Chair Holder 2005

“The state and directions of Philippine linguistics and language study”


Emma S. Castillo

Professorial Chair Holder 2004

“CACALLA as both a language teaching and a language testing framework”


Estefania S. de Guzman

Professorial Chair Holder 2003

“Is the medium of instruction debate in the Philippines closing in?“


J. Stephen Quakenbush

Professorial Chair Holder 2002

“Philippine linguistics from an SIL perspective: Trends and prospects”


Ma. Lourdes S. Bautista

Professorial Chair Holder 2001

“Studies of Philippine English: Implications for language teaching“


Teodoro A. Llamzon

Professorial Chair Holder 2000

“An update on the intellectualization of Filipino“


Emy M. Pascasio

Professorial Chair Holder 1999

“A comparison of the correlates of the English and the Filipino language proficiency tests for college freshmen“


Leonard Newell

Professorial Chair Holder 1998

“The nature of a learner’s dictionary”


Curtis D. McFarland

Professorial Chair Holder 1997

“English enrichment of Filipino”


Bonifacio P. Sibayan

Professorial Chair Holder 1996

“To be globally competitive with intellectualized Filipino (and English)“

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