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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


2021 Professorial Chair Lecture


Naonori Nagaya, Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo)

Professorial Chair Holder 2021

“Usage-based Philippine Linguistics"


Date: March 6 2021; 10-12 NN

Venue: Zoom


Usage-based Philippine linguistics


This talk explores a usage-based approach to Tagalog and other Philippine languages (Langacker 1988 2008; Bybee 2010). In this approach, no fundamental distinction between “performance” and “competence” is posited, and all language units are recognized as arising from usage events (Janda 2019: 10). Methodologically, the importance of usage in linguistic analysis is emphasized: “usage patterns, frequency of occurrence, variation, and change are all taken to provide direct evidence about cognitive representation” (Bybee & Beckner 2009: 953). In this talk, I will provide three case studies of Tagalog based on corpora and data extracted from websites: (i) lexical semantics (the polysemy of mukha ‘face’), (ii) relative clauses, and (iii) sentence-final particle e. It will be shown that usage-based approaches to language allow us to better understand Philippine languages.



Naonori Nagaya is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Nori is a linguist specializing in Austronesian languages of the Philippines and Indonesia. His research interests lie in morphosyntax and discourse in Tagalog and other Austronesian languages. He got a BA in linguistics from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University in Houston, USA. Nori has published papers on Philippine languages in international journals, including Language and Linguistics and Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. He is also an author of several articles on Philippine languages and cultures for the general public.


Past Professorial Chair Lectures


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

Professorial Chair Holder 2020

“Philippine Linguistics:   Looking Back, Moving Forward   "

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)“