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Rene Bonifacio

Linguistics, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Language Beyond Boundaries: Framing for a Dynamic Linguistic Ecological Approach to indigenous knowledge among Manobo-Matigsalug in Mindanao, Philippines

My project, building on my previous studies of indigenous languages, examines the Manobo-Matigsalug’s changing “language ecology” (i.e. how languages interact with each other and the places they are spoken (Haugen, 1972)), in response to the threat to their IKSPs. My overarching research question is “How do the Manobo-Matigsalug in Sinuda, Kitaotao, Bukidnon, Philippines adapt to the dynamic linguistic ecology of their society?” Specifically, my project will investigate:
1. What hegemonic languages, cultures, political systems, economic institutions, and environmental issues drive changes in the language ecology of the Manobo-Matigsalug?
2. How do the Manobo-Matigsalug project their language attitudes and ideologies in facing the changes to their language ecology?
3. How does the Manobo-Matigsalug language ecology affect the preservation or abandonment of their IKSPs?

Research Area

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Linguistics


Bonifacio, R. M., Zaman, D. J. M. R., Prantilla-Arambala, M. D., & Zarate, M. S. (2021). Effects of indigenous language conversation skills enhancement program among Bukidnon and Talaandig youths in the Philippines. Ampersand, 8, 100076. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amper.2021.100076

Bonifacio, R. M. (2021). Fostering social identity through translanguaging among Manobo indigenous cultural community in southern Philippines. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research, 10(12), 79-89.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2020). Effects of plagiarism intervention program in the research papers of Central Mindanao University students. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research, 9(2), 5412–5418.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2019). Genre analysis of research abstracts in Central Mindanao UniversityInternational Journal of Education, Psychology, and Counseling, 4(31), 225–236.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2013). Stylistic analysis of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Language Institute of Thammasat University FLLT Conference Proceedings. Retrieved fromhttp://www.litu.tu.ac.th/journal/FLLTCP/ Proceeding/506.pdf


Bonifacio, R. M. (2022, October 27-28). Identity, Interaction, and Acculturation: Dynamics of Indigenous Multilingualism in Southern Philippines. 6º Congreso Internacional de Lingüística y Literatura. University of Cantabria, Spain.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2021, September 9-10). Fostering Social Relationships through Translanguaging among Manobo Indigenous Cultural Community in Southern Philippines. British Association for Applied Linguistics 2021 Conference. Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2021, September 6-17). Managing Asynchronous Online Classes: Embedding Question and Answer Videos in Pre-recorded Lectures for Better Student Participation and Interaction. Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education During COVID-19 and Beyond. University of Tasmania, Australia.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2021, February 10-12). Fostering Social Identity through Translanguaging among the Manobo Indigenous Cultural Community in Southern Philippines. 2020 Language & Society Conference, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Bonifacio, R. M. (2020, February 7-9). Plagiarism in Central Mindanao University. 16th Annual CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Other Research Interests

My research interests include indigenous language studies, language ecology, language documentation, identity, multilingualism, and sociolinguistics.


Linguistic Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Philological Society

British Association for Applied Linguistics

Linguistic Society of New Zealand