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Ariane Macalinga Borlongan

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Introducing Migration Linguistics: Aims, Concepts, Methods

July 20, 2020

3 PM


Ariane Macalinga Borlongan’s education and experience across the world have inspired him to passionately work with English speakers in non-Anglo-American contexts and multilingual migrants in contemporary global societies. As a sociolinguist, he has analyzed variation, change, and standardization across Englishes and has investigated on the linguistic dimensions of human mobility, eventually conceptualizing a framework for doing migration linguistics and proposing a linguistic theory of migration. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at age 23 via a competitive accelerated program in De La Salle University (Manila, the Philippines). His dissertation titled ‘A Grammar of the Verb in Philippine English’ was supervised by Professor Emerita Ma. Lourdes Bautista and was recognized as Most Outstanding Dissertation by De La Salle University. He was previously with De La Salle University and The University of Tokyo (Japan) and also held various visiting teaching and research posts at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (Singapore), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London (The United Kingdom), University of Bialystok (Poland), the University of Freiburg (Germany), Universiti Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (Kaohsiung, Taiwan). He was awarded The Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Distinguished Professorial Chair in Linguistics and Language Education by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines and De La Salle University in 2019. He edited ‘Philippine English: Development, Structure, and Sociology of English in the Philippines’, published by Routledge in 2023, which serves as the handbook of Philippine English and a festschrift in honor of Professor Bautista. He is Director of the Philippine component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-PH) and is also the compiler of the Philippine parallels to the Brown and the Before-Brown corpora (Phil-Brown and PBB respectively) and the Diachronic Corpora of Expanding Circle Englishes (DCECE) and co-compiler to the Malaysian parallel to the Brown Corpus (Mal-Brown). His work has received support from various governments, academic institutions, businesses, and private organizations around the world. He is Founding President of the International Association for Migration Linguistics (IAML). He is Convenor of the Research Network (ReN) for Migration Linguistics in the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). He is presently Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics and also Founder and Head of the Migration Linguistics Unit at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan).


Wilkinson Daniel Wong Gonzales

University of Michigan

Beyond the Philippine English monolith: Approaches to investigating hybridity, variation, and change

This talk is about Philippine English(es) in relation to notions of hybridity, linguistic variation, and change. I first give a brief overview of Philippine English, showing past and contemporary representations of the variety (e.g., ‘standard’ Philippine English). Then, I attempt to highlight the link between language and society as well as showcase the complexity of the linguistic ecology of the Philippines (in relation to English). Based on these, I argue for increased attention to social and contact-induced variation and change in Philippine English(es). I advocate for a two-faceted approach to ‘Philippine English’. I problematize and challenge the notion of a monolithic, Manila-based ‘Philippine English’, calling for variationist studies. At the same time, I also consider the possibility of a standard/general Philippine ‘English’ ethnolect, encouraging studies that attempt to provide concrete evidence for conventionalized features of a general Philippine English. After identifying prospective areas for research in language variation, change, and hybridity involving Philippine English, I discuss various approaches (e.g., sociolinguistic, corpus-based, and computational) to investigating them.

July 12, 2021

Wilkinson Daniel Wong Gonzales or Wil is a fourth-year Linguistics PhD candidate specializing in Cognitive Science and Data Science at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA. He is an alumnus of De La Salle University, where he got his Bachelor’s of Secondary Education (Major in English) and graduated summa cum laude. He is also an alumnus of the National University of Singapore, where he took his Master's in English Language and Linguistics.

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