wilkinson daniel wong gonzales.

Ph.D. Candidate
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

wdwg@umich.edu
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/about me

hi! I am a fourth-year Linguistics PhD candidate at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (USA), where I got my Master's in Linguistics as well as my Cognitive Science and Data Science graduate certificates. Before Michigan, I did my Bachelor’s of Secondary Education (English) at De La Salle University in the Philippines and my Master's in English Language and Linguistics at the National University of Singapore.

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/as a linguist

I am a sociolinguist specializing in language variation, change, language contact, documentation in the context of multilingualism. I  am particularly interested in the interaction between society and language in the Philippine and wider Southeast Asian context. To help me answer my research questions, I employ corpus-based, experimental, ethnographic and computational techniques on diverse datasets, including natural speech data and social media data. I work on Sino-Philippine languages such as Lánnang-uè  and other Southeast Asian languages such as Colloquial Singapore English or 'Singlish'.

 

/recent publications

2022

Hybridization

Philippine English
Development, Structure, and Sociology of English in the Philippines (Routledge)

2021

Filipino, Chinese, neither, or both? The Lannang identity and its relationship with language.

Language & Communication (Elsevier)

2020

Vowel system or vowel systems? Variation in the monophthongs of Philippine Hybrid Hokkien in Manila

Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (John Benjamins)

2022

'Is it' in Colloquial Singapore English: What variation can tell us about its conventions and development (accepted)

English Today (Cambridge University Press)

2021

Interactions of Sinitic languages in the Philippines: Sinicization, Filipinization, and Sino-Philippine language creation

The Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Language Studies (Palgrave-MacMillan)

2020

Two Englishes diverged in the Philippines? A substratist account of Manila Chinese English

Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (John Benjamins)

2021

The Corpus of Singapore English Messages (CoSEM)

World Englishes (Wiley)

2020

Ethnic and gender variation in the use of Colloquial Singapore English discourse particles

English Language and Linguistics (Cambridge)

2017

Philippine Englishes

Asian Englishes (Routledge)

 

/projects

Corpus of Philippine Englishes

Sino-Philippine Language Map

Using Machine Learning to Improve Readmission Prediction in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Corpus of Singapore English Messaging (CoSEM) project

My Language, My Heritage: A grassroots Sino-Philippine language documentation initiative

 
 

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/as an engineer

I collaborated with and led two cross-functional teams – the Alzheimer’s Disease Machine Learning team at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation at the University of Michigan, and the Natural Language Processing team of Digital Alpha Technologies headquartered in New York. I develop corpus-making and analysis programs using machine learning and computational methods.

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/tools

Corpus of Philippine Englishes-Twitter Component Corpus Suite (Python)

An application that compiles
and preprocesses COPE, allows for data querying, which is used to subset the corpus. Includes sociolinguistic demographic prediction support using Deep Learning with Wang et al’s 2019 M3 application

2021

SubCorp (Python)

A tool that creates a tagged (sociolinguistic) corpus based on SRT files from YouTube

2021

TweetCorp (Python)

A wrapper application that, from a simple query GUI interface, scrapes, preprocesses, and tokenizes Twitter tweets by sentence using a mix of rule-based and neural network splitting algorithms before compiling them into a CSV corpus file. Includes sociolinguistic demographic prediction support using Deep Learning with Wang et al’s 2019 M3 application

2021

EasyYTGet (Python)

A free application that automatically downloads videos and audios given a list of links or a link

2021

SpeechSuite (Python)

An application that uses speech detection, segmentation, LSTM-based network embedding, and spectral clustering to transcribe, diarize, and tag American English audio. Under development: Support for Philippine English and Filipino

2021

CorpTool (Python)

An application that uses machine learning models (e.g., Conditional Random Fields) to automatically tag corpora of under-documented languages for part-of-speech

2020

 

/affiliations

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/as a teacher

I have taught and mentored students in the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States. In my home country the Philippines, I am a licensed professional teacher. I placed 6th out of 53,090 exam takers overall, and 1st in English.

 
 
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/awards

The Deborah Keller-Cohen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

University of Michigan

2021

Graduate Students’ Teaching Award (GSTA)

National University of Singapore

2018

The Braj B. Kachru Student Award

23rd International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) Conference, International Association for World Englishes

2018

Distinction Award (Rank 1 - English specialization, Rank 6 - overall, 53,090)

Professional Regulation Commission, Manila, the Philippines

2016

Eduardo Cojuanco, Jr. Award for Teaching Innovation

De La Salle University

2016

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award

De La Salle University

2016

Jose Rizal Award – Jose Rizal Honors Society

De La Salle University

2016

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