Varieties of English class at GS hosts lecture by top Filipino linguist

The Varieties of English class at the UST Graduate School organized an online lecture delivered by top Filipino linguist, Dr. Ariane M. Borlongan of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.  The said lecture was held on October 17, 2023.

Borlongan, who is based in Japan,  talked about the linguistic aspects of endonormative stabilization in the standardization of Englishes.  In his talk, Borlongan examined the linguistic aspects of the penultimate stage in the Schneider’s (2003, 2007) dynamic model of the evolution of Englishes. His talk focused on how linguistic features evolve from being deviations to becoming legitimate variations and, therefore, varieties in world Englishes.

Borlongan was previously with De La Salle University (Philippines) 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).

The online lecture was attended by graduate students taking up MA and PhD major in English Language Studies from UST and Far Eastern University,  and  English teachers currently teaching in Japan.

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