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  • Registration open until:
    May 20, 2015
  • Conference dates:
    June 8-10, 2015
  • Venue:
    University of Helsinki
    Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)
  • Registration fees:
    student – 150€
    standard – 230€
  • Contact:
    changing-english [at]

ChangE 2015 is organised by the
ChangE (Changing English) consortium:

University of HelsinkiUniversity of Eastern FinlandUniversity of Tampere

with funding from:

Academy of Finland

(Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta)

Plenary speakers

We are honoured to welcome a distinguished panel of plenary speakers. Below you will find the list of speakers with short biographies. Click on the titles of their talks to read their full abstracts.

  • Edgar W. Schneider, University of Regensburg
    • Title: Calling World Englishes as complex dynamic systems: diffusion, restructuring, exaptation
    • Edgar W. Schneider holds the Chair of English Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He has published extensively and written and edited many books, including Handbook of Varieties of English (2004), Postcolonial English (CUP 2007), and English Around the World (CUP 2011), and edited the journal English World-Wide for 16 years. He is known widely for his "Dynamic Model" of the evolution of Postcolonial Englishes.

  • Nick C. Ellis, University of Michigan
    • Title: Usage-based perspectives on language acquisition, processing, and change
    • Nick C. Ellis is Professor of Psychology and Linguistics and Research Scientist in the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan. He researches language acquisition, cognition, emergentism, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and psycholinguistics. His interests in Second Language Acquisition concern explicit and implicit language learning and their interface; usage-based acquisition and the probabilistic tuning of the system; vocabulary and phraseology; and learned attention and language transfer. He serves as General Editor of Language Learning.

  • Devyani Sharma, Queen Mary, University of London
    • Title: Syntactic change in World Englishes: The dynamics of input
    • Devyani Sharma is Reader in Sociolinguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research is in the areas of dialect variation, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, SLA, and syntax. She is a co-editor of Research Methods in Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of World Englishes (Oxford University Press), and is an associate editor at the Journal of Sociolinguistics.

  • Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg
    • Title: The Changing Multilingual Texture of Singapore and the Status of Colloquial Singapore English
    • Peter Siemund has been professor of English linguistics at the University of Hamburg since 2001. He has written four monographs (Routledge, Mouton de Gruyter, Cambridge University Press), published six edited volumes and has written on a wide range of top-ics in articles to journals and edited volumes. He has worked on reflexivity and self-intensifiers, pronominal gender, interrogative constructions, speech acts and sentence types, argument structure, tense and aspect, varieties of English, language typology, and language contact. Detailed information is available at

Helsinki sunset from the sea
A Helsinki summer sunset from the sea.

Source: City of Helsinki Tourist & Convention Bureau / Niklas Sjöblom

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