Full section schedules & abstracts
(updated 1.6.13)

Monday, June 10

Block A (14.00-15.30)

Section 1: Varieties of Asia & Africa

  • Lukas Pietsch, University of Hamburg; and Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg
    Singapore English: a look back into its recent past
  • Cristina Suarez-Gomez, University of the Balearic Islands
    You return that terrorist which you've arrested: an analysis of postmodifying clauses in Asian Englishes
  • Thomas Brunner, University of Regensburg
    Structural Nativization in Noun Phrase Structures in New Englishes

    • Abstract:

      There has been a growing awareness in recent years that many differences between varieties of New Englishes are quantitative rather than qualitative (cf. Schneider 2007). Using this notion as a starting point, this paper sets out to detect effects of structural nativization in noun phrase modification in the spoken components of the ICE corpora for Singapore and Kenya.

      Among the trends yielded by the comparison of large-scale random samples extracted from the corpora, some basic ones correspond to what has been documented for British or American English. Others, however, reflect characteristics of specific varieties and show effects from structural nativization.

      One of the most striking findings has been a consistent preference for premodification in Singaporean English, whereas speakers of Kenyan English favour post-modification. This tendency tallies with the mean lengths of postmodifiers, which is significantly higher in Kenyan English than in Singaporean English.

      Such quantitative effects are remarkably in line with the structure of noun phrases in the dominant indigenous languages of Singapore and Kenya, which may indicate that they result from language contact. This paper thus sheds light on the much-debated issue of contact-induced language change in New Englishes in a little-studied area of syntactic variation.

Section 2: English in language policies

Section 3: Phraseology & formulaic language

Section 4: Teaching & learning English

Block B (16.00-17.00)

Section 1: English & identity in higher education

Section 2: Social impacts of English in Europe

Section 3: Variation & global implications

Tuesday, June 11

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Explorations in ICE

Section 2: Corpora in the Expanding Circle

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education

Block B (14.00-15.00)

Section 1: Creoles & contact linguistics

Section 2: Investigating universals

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia (cont.)

Block C (15.30-17.00)

Section 1: English in professional settings

Section 2: Theoretical challenges & openings

Section 3: Emerging norms in global English

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education (cont.)

Wednesday, June 12

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Studies in UK varieties

Section 2: Loanwords & borrowings

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication

Section 4: Lexicon & lexicography

Block B (13.00-14.00)

Section 1: Studies in ELF corpora

Section 2: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication (cont.)