Full section schedules & abstracts
(updated 1.6.13)

Monday, June 10

Block A (14.00-15.30)

Section 1: Varieties of Asia & Africa

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.)

  • Marta Dąbrowska, Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
    Form and function of English of Polish Facebook users

    • Abstract:

      It is claimed that about 80% of the Computer Mediated Communication takes place via the English language medium. As an Internet platform which allows one to both maintain one's contacts and make new friends, often from the other side of the world, Facebook, the most popular social network, particularly encourages the use of English as a primary language of communication.

      The purpose of the paper is to analyse linguistic practices of specifically one group of English Facebook users – the native speakers of Polish, both men and women representing young, middle-aged and senior age groups, particularly with regard to such aspects of language use as the frequency of English usage, expressions of politeness, linguistic humour and creativity, the use of non-standard and colloquial language forms, with a particular focus on typical features of the CMC code as the use of abbreviations, emoticons, etc. The analysis will make references to an earlier study carried out on a parallel sample of native British Facebook users in order to compare the quality of the language and the character of various speech used by native and non-native speakers in the Facebook medium.

  • Stellan Sundh, Gotland University
    Swedish and Russian young learners' communication in English with the help of modern technology