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Dr. Priscilla Angela Tan Cruz  holds a Ph. D. in English Language and Literature. She is a faculty member of the Department of English, School of Humanities of the Ateneo De Manila University, where she serves as Chair of the Department. She is a former Board Secretary of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines. 

Her research interests, among others, are Systemic Functional Linguistics, Writing, Literature Teaching, Teacher Training, Educational Linguistics, Multilingualism, and transdisciplinary research approaches, which draw on linguistics as a means to problem-solving.


Language and the Locations of Global Asias

Jerry Won Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Irvine, USA. He has published several books, articles, and chapters on the sociolinguistics of globalization and critical applied linguistics. His latest edited volume, The Sociolinguistics of Global Asias, is forthcoming in 2022 with Routledge. His latest monograph, Locating Translingualism, a study of the language of public space across numerous sites in Korea and Koreatowns around the world, is forthcoming in 2022 with Cambridge University Press. To learn more about his work, please visit


Multilingualism and contact-induced change in Southern Sumatra”

Bradley McDonnell is an Associate Professor of Language Documentation & Conservation in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. His specializations include documentary and descriptive linguistics, Austronesian languages, and usage-based linguistics. His research focuses on the Austronesian languages of western Indonesia, especially the languages of Sumatra.


Multimodal, Multilingual Literacies: a consideration of literacy as a social practice and its contribution to the design and development of literacy and education initiatives.

Dr. Catherine Young is currently Director of Global Language and Development Services and consultant in Literacy and Education with SIL International. She has more than 30 year’s experience in language and education work in multilingual environments including more than 20 years designing and facilitating literacy and education programs for minority ethnolinguistic communities internationally.

Catherine began her work with SIL International in the Philippines where she was involved in linguistic research and literacy and education activities in southern Palawan, developing both adult literacy and children’s classes in upland mountain communities and has lived in Bangladesh and Thailand as well as 18 years living in the Philippines. Catherine has consulted with international organizations on language-in-education issues in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Chad and Thailand with a focus on mother tongue-based multilingual education for non-dominant language communities. Catherine has a Master of Education degree from the University of Sheffield, UK and holds a PhD in Education from the University of Wales.


Dr. Robert Fuchs is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and is the author of “Speech Rhythm in Varieties of English” (Springer). His research interests include the study of varieties of English across the world and its use as a Native, Second or Foreign Language, including their phonetics and phonology, syntax, recent diachronic change, sociolinguistic relevance as well as applications in second and foreign language teaching and learning. His work has been recognised with awards from the International Society for the Linguistics of English and the European Society for the Study of English.

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