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English Philology belongs to the Department of Modern Languages.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Research and postgraduate studies > ELFA

England and America are two countries separated by the same language. — G. B. Shaw

Research into English as a global lingua franca is a very recent research field, in which English Philology at the University of Helsinki is at the cutting edge. We explore the consequences of global use to English: how it changes, who its speakers are, and how English is now spoken.

The ELFA project has compiled a pioneering one-million word corpus of academic spoken English, funded by the Academy of Finland. It provides a large database for tracking down special features of ELF, together with its commonalities with vernacular Englishes and second language use. The SELF project adopts a more ethnographic view on speakers of academic ELF in English-medium programmes. The first international conference on ELF, the ELF Forum, was held in Helsinki in March 2008.

For more information, please contact Prof. Anna Mauranen.

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