Bernardo of English presents paper on Linguistic Landscape of Manila Chinatown

Assoc. Prof. Alejandro S. Bernardo, PhD of the Department of English of the Faculty of Arts and Letters presented a paper at the 22nd Sociolinguistics Symposium (SS22) held on June 27-30, 2018 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

“A Look into the Linguistic Landscape of Manila Chinatown: The Role of Language and Language Ideologies,” the paper Bernardo presented on behalf of his co-author and mentee, Eena Maxine A. Jazul, a graduate of the AB ELS Program of UST, has recently been published in the 2017 issue of the Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL), published by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP). The said paper examines language and language ideologies mirrored in the public signs found in the landscape of Binondo Chinatown.

SS22 was attended by over 900 participants from across the globe. Countless papers were presented either in a themed panel, a colloquium or in individual paper presentations. Since its early beginnings, the Sociolinguistics Symposium has become the premier sociolinguistics conference internationally. In 2002, the symposium was first held in continental Europe and 2018 sees it held for the first time outside of Europe and in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: South, North, East, West.”

Big names in sociolinguistics such as Prof. Allan Bell (Auckland University of Technology), Prof. Anna de Fina (Georgetown University), Prof. Rawinia Higgins (Victoria University of Wellington, Prof. Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington), Prof. Rita Kotari (Ashoka University) served as keynote speakers.

Bernardo is the current Faculty Secretary of the Graduate School, where he also teaches English courses for the master’s and doctorate programs.

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