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wilkinson daniel wong gonzales

Assistant Professor of Applied English Linguistics 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

wdwonggonzales@cuhk.edu.hk
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Hello! I am Wil Gonzales, a linguist with a passion for exploring the nuances of language in diverse and multilingual settings. From language contact to applied linguistics, my research delves into the ways in which language evolves and adapts in different contexts. As an Assistant Professor of Applied English Linguistics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, I am privileged to not only share my love of language with my students but also to constantly expand my own knowledge in this fascinating field.

I am grateful for the academic training and mentorship I received from esteemed scholars around the world, which has brought me to where I am today. I first pursued a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a focus on English at De La Salle University in the Philippines, and later completed a Master's degree in English Language and Linguistics at the National University of Singapore.  My journey led me to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (USA), where I received my Ph.D. and Master's in Linguistics and further enhanced my skills with post-graduate certificates in Cognitive Science and Data Science. These experiences have shaped me into the linguist I am today and continue to inspire me to push the boundaries of my understanding of language and society.

/as a linguist

As a sociolinguist, I am fascinated by the intricate ways in which language interacts with society, especially in the diverse and multilingual context of the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Whether exploring language variation, change, or contact, I am constantly seeking new ways to understand the dynamic relationship between language and culture. My research employs a wide range of techniques, including corpus-based analysis, experimental methods, ethnographic fieldwork, and computational approaches, as I delve into diverse datasets ranging from natural speech to social media data.

 

I have a keen interest in the study of Sino-Philippine languages such as Lánnang-uè and East Asian languages like Putonghua/Mandarin, Hokkien and Colloquial Singapore English (or "Singlish"). In my research, I often incorporate a social perspective by examining the diverse sociolinguistic contexts in which these languages are used.

as a linguist

/recent publications

2022

Hybridization

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

2022

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 Data, Deep Blue Repositories

2021

The Corpus of Singapore English Messages (CoSEM)

World Englishes (Wiley)

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

“Truly a Language of Our Own” A Corpus-Based, Experimental, and Variationist Account of Lánnang-uè in Manila

University of Michigan

2022

From Malay to Colloquial Singapore English: A case study of sentence-final particle sia.

LINCOM

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

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

English Language and Linguistics (Cambridge)

2022

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

English Today (Cambridge University Press)

2021

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

Language & Communication (Elsevier)

2020

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

Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (John Benjamins)

2017

Split infinitives across world Englishes: A corpus-based investigation

Asian Englishes (Routledge)

recent publications
projects

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Sociolinguistic Corpus of Englishes in Hong Kong (SCOEHK)

Twitter Corpus of Philippine Englishes (TCOPE)

Sino-Philippine Language Map

Lannang Corpus (LanCorp): A multilingual, POS-tagged, and audio-textual databank

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

The Lannang Archives

Twitter Corpus of Englishes in Hong Kong (TCOEHK)

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

Corpus of Singapore English Messages (CoSEM)

as an engineer

/as a data scientist

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with and lead two dynamic and multi-talented 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 in New York. In these roles, I have been able to leverage my expertise in corpus development and analysis, using a combination of machine learning and computational techniques to drive innovative research and development. Whether working with data from healthcare or natural language processing, I am constantly seeking new ways to apply my skills and make meaningful contributions to my field.

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/tools

SubCorp (Python)

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

2021

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

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

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

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

2020

tools
affiliations

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/as an educator

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring students across the globe – from the Philippines and Singapore to the United States and Hong Kong. As a licensed professional teacher in the Philippines, I am well-versed in the nuances of education and am dedicated to supporting the success of my students. My expertise and passion for teaching allow me to navigate the complexities of the field and make a positive impact on the lives of those I teach.

 

My dedication to teaching was recognized when I placed 6th out of 53,090 exam takers overall, with a top ranking of 1st in English. Whether working with students in the classroom or through mentorship, I am committed to helping others reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

as a teacher
awards

/awards

The Deborah Keller-Cohen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

University of Michigan

2021

The Braj B. Kachru Student Award

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

2018

Graduate Students’ Teaching Award (GSTA)

National University of Singapore

2018

Jose Rizal Award – Jose Rizal Honors Society

De La Salle University

2016

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award

De La Salle University

2016

Eduardo Cojuanco, Jr. Award for Teaching Innovation

De La Salle University

2016

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

Professional Regulation Commission, Manila, the Philippines

2016

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