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The spread of English to virtually all parts of the world has brought along completely new challenges to the research into it. Instead of the traditional canons of English studies, a variety of approaches and methods is now required to describe and explain the linguistic, educational and other problems arising from the status of English as a world language used daily by hundreds of millions of people from very different backgrounds. The position of English as a lingua franca in the present-day world means that it enters into constant contact with virtually every other major language in the world. This, in turn, leads to accelerated change and variation in English itself.

The GlobE (Global English) consortium is a collaborative project funded by the Academy of Finland and made up of researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Tampere, and Eastern Finland. We are pleased to announce a conference entitled "Changing English: Contacts & Variation" to be held on June 10-12, 2013, at the University of Helsinki. Like our research consortium, the conference will combine multiple approaches to the challenge of addressing current issues in English as a global language. We invite papers from the following areas of research:

  • contact linguistics
  • typology
  • English as a lingua franca (ELF)
  • second-language acquisition (SLA)

Combining these approaches helps to describe and explain the ongoing changes and the emerging characteristics of Global English.

Presentation formats will be 20 minutes with five minutes for questions and discussion (25 minutes total). Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by the scientific committee, and the conference language will be English.

On behalf of the organising committee,

Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki
Markku Filppula, University of Eastern Finland
Juhani Klemola, University of Tampere

Helsinki Cathedral
The conference venue surroundings. Helsinki Cathedral rises above Senate Square, with the National Library in the foreground. The conference venue, University of Helsinki's Main Building, is on the right-hand side of the photo.

Source: City of Helsinki Tourist & Convention Bureau / Niko Soveri

This page last updated: 17.12.2012