School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Leif Andrew Garinto

Key information

Roles
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics PhD researcher
Qualifications
BA English Studies: Anglo-American Literature, University of the Philippines, Diliman; MA English Studies: Anglo-American Literature, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Email address
694203@soas.ac.uk
Thesis title
Language policies and the rise and evolution of English in Malaysian, Philippine and Singaporean education, publishing and literature
Internal Supervisors
Dr Ben Murtagh & Dr Mulaika Hijjas

Biography

 

Leif Andrew Garinto is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, SOAS University of London.

Leif Garinto is a doctoral student currently researching the impact of English in Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. His study examines the historical language policies during British and American colonial rule in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore to analyze the emergence and enduring prevalence of English in education, publishing, and literature in these countries.

His current research examines the role of English in Anglophone Southeast Asia, (specifically, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore), with a specific focus on the emergence of English-language education, print culture, and literary writing in these countries. The study frames its analysis by looking at language policies enacted during the British colonial period in Malaysia and Singapore and the American colonial period in the Philippines in its investigation of the rise and continued dominance of English in Malaysian, Philippine, and Singaporean education, publishing, and literature. 

He received his Master's degree in 2018 from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. His thesis, which examined the publication history of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal's seminal novel Noli me tangere, was awarded the best graduate thesis that year. In 2010, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anglo-American literature also from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Research interests

Anglophone Southeast Asia; language policies and colonial periods; emergence and history of English in Southeast Asian countries; Southeast Asian book history, manuscript culture, and Anglophone literary history; language and activism.

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