Graduate School Faculty Secretary Assoc. Prof. Alejandro S.
Bernardo, Ph.D., has been elected as president of the premiere organization
of Filipino linguists and language practitioners in the country, the Linguistic
Society of the Philippines (LSP).
Bernardo’s term as president started in June 2018 and will end in May 2021. His presidency coincides with the celebration of the 50th foundation anniversary of LSP and one of the activities of the organization is organizing an international conference that will bring together local and foreign linguists who have made significant impact in the
area and hyphenated fields of linguistics.
Prior to his stint as president, he served as LSP Vice President in 2017 and Director for Conferences in 2016. Three other UST faculty members were
elected as officers: Graduate School Dean Prof. Marilu R. Madrunio, Ph.D., member of the Board of Advisors; Assoc. Prof. Rachelle B. Lintao, Ph.D. of Arts and Letters and Graduate School, Treasurer; and Asst. Prof. Anna Maria Gloria S. Ward of Arts and Letters, member of the Board of Advisors.
The organization, founded in 1969, was the brainchild of Dr. Bonifacio
Sibayan of the Philippine Normal University and Dr. Ernesto Constantino
of the University of the Philippines, two prominent Fiipino linguists. At the
onset of the organization, LSP’s leaders included linguistics luminaries such
as Br. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, (De La Salle University), Teodoro Llamzon
(Ateneo de Manila), Bonifacio Sibayan (PNC), Edilberto Dagot (PNC), and Fe
Otanes (PNC). Now, LSP is steered by equally prominent language educators
and practitioners from prestigious universities in the Philippines.
The LSP aims to strive for the advancement of the scientific study of
language particularly on language in the Philippine context and the dissemination of empirical and theoretical studies through different platforms. It also publishes the Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL), an international peer reviewed journal of research in linguistics.