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

  • Danica Salazar, University of Oxford
    Lexical innovation or meaning preservation? Using the OED to trace the origins of the Philippine English lexicon
  • Stephen Evans, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    The lexicon of Hong Kong English: Diachronic and synchronic perspectives

    • Abstract:

      The publication of the first dictionary of Hong Kong English (HKE) (Cummings & Wolf, 2011) marks a significant step in legitimising HKE as an autonomous variety of English. This paper examines the emergence and current prevalence of the more than 400 words contained in the dictionary using two newly compiled corpora of English in Hong Kong. The diachronic perspective is provided by a corpus of Legislative Council proceedings (1858-2012) consisting of 91,100,432 words, while the synchronic perspective is derived from a corpus of lifestyle-magazine articles (2005-2012) comprising 3,117,346 words. These corpora are used to assess the representativeness of the HKE lexicon compiled by Cummings & Wolf (2011), to track the evolution of this lexicon in relation to the phases in Schneider's (2007) much-discussed Dynamic Model of the evolution of postcolonial Englishes, and to identify HKE words and phrases that are not included in the dictionary or noted in other authoritative sources.

    • References:

      Cummings, J. P. & Wolf, H-G. (2011). A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant Harbour. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

      Schneider, Edgar W. (2007). Postcolonial English: Varieties around the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

      This work was supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (542610).

Block B (13.00-14.00)

Section 1: Studies in ELF corpora

Section 2: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication (cont.)