The COVID-19 pandemic changed the countries’ economic, transport, communication and even education. However, research production has not stopped and these studies needed an avenue for dissemination. TESOL Asia and The Asian EFL Journal organized a virtual conference in partnership with Universitas Kristen Indonesia, one of Indonesia’s premier universities. The international conference was aired via zoom last April 23 – 25, 2021.
Dr. Christian C. Ray Licen, University Director of the Sentro ng Wika at Kultura and the program coordinator of BA Literature, presented his research studies about “Semantic Change and Word Formation in the Time of COVID-19: Evidence of Language Change in the Philippines”. Together with him were Prof. Aida Verga V. Un, Dr. Rowanne Marie M. Mangompit, Project Leader, Dr. Edwin A. Pilapil, VP Academics and Prof. Allan C. Mariñas.
This research study was explained how language variation and formation of the English language terms were used during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. In addition, the study provided implications that in times of crisis, Filipinos had the tendency to create and recreate words within the context to establish clear communication and deliberately protect people from further health risk.
Moreover, Dr. Zarmie Lis Reyes- Briones, Dean of the College of Education, CTU Tuburan Campus, presented her paper on Cebuano and Waray Language. She said, “Different types of cognates exist in the lexicons of Cebuano Visayan and Waray Visayan cognates with comparable roots in their morphemic structure.”
Also, the speech of communities of Cebuano Visayan and Waray Visayan may be culturally linked in a sociolinguistic connection through the content word cognates in educational linguistic linkages”, Dr. Briones, added.
This AEJ-UKI International Conference was organized by the English Education Department, Faculty of Letters and Languages, Universitas Kristen Indonesia with the collaboration with TESOL ASIA with the theme: “English SLA in the Asian Context and Culture post COVID-19”. – April G. Belga/BS DevCom