hi! I'm Wil Gonzales, and I am a linguist specializing in language variation and change in multilingual contexts, language contact, and applied linguistics. I am currently affiliated with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where I am an Assistant Professor of Applied English Linguistics.
I received my Ph.D. and Master's in Linguistics as well as my Cognitive Science and Data Science post-graduate certificates from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (USA). 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.
/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'.
'Is it' in Colloquial Singapore English: What variation can tell us about its conventions and development
English Today (Cambridge University Press)
The Lannang Corpus (LanCorp): A POS-tagged, sociolinguistic corpus containing recordings and transcriptions of Lannang speech collected from the metropolitan Manila Lannangs between 2016 and 2020
Deep Blue Repository - University of Michigan
Lannang Corpus: A multilingual, POS-tagged, and audio-textual databank
Twitter Corpus of Englishes in Hong Kong
Twitter Corpus of Philippine Englishes
/as a data scientist
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.
A tool that creates a tagged (sociolinguistic) corpus based on SRT files from YouTube
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
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
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
A free application that automatically downloads videos and audios given a list of links or a link
Financial Data Extractor (Python)
A tool that takes in a list of SEC-registered companies and returns a CSV with extracted financial information (e.g., revenue segmentation by region) from 10-Q/10-K filings. Developed for Digital Alpha Technologies, Inc. New York, USA
/as an educator
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.
The Deborah Keller-Cohen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
University of Michigan
The Braj B. Kachru Student Award
23rd International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) Conference, International Association for World Englishes
Graduate Students’ Teaching Award (GSTA)
National University of Singapore
Jose Rizal Award – Jose Rizal Honors Society
De La Salle University
Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award
De La Salle University
Eduardo Cojuanco, Jr. Award for Teaching Innovation
De La Salle University
Distinction Award (Rank 1 - English specialization, Rank 6 - overall, 53,090)
Professional Regulation Commission, Manila, the Philippines