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

  • Turo Hiltunen, University of Helsinki; and Martti Mäkinen, Hanken University of Economics
    Formulaic language in L2 academic writing for business studies and economics

    • Abstract:

      Formulaic expressions play an important role in successful communication, and present a major difficulty for advanced second language learners (Pawley & Syder 1983, Nattinger & DeCarrico 1992, Wray 2000). This is also true for academic writing (Howarth 1998, Granger 1998, Cortes 2004, Coxhead 2008, Ädel & Erman 2012).

      In this study, we investigate the role of formulaic expressions in academic writing for business studies and economics produced by L2 writers. Our aim is to determine whether learner writing is different from native speaker writing with respect to formulaic language use, and if so, to what extent. To determine the degree of formulaicity of texts in quantitative terms, we use the recently published Academic Formulas Lists (AFL) compiled by Rita Simpson-Vlach and Nick C. Ellis (2010). To complement the quantitative analysis, select phraseological patterns in our data are subjected to qualitative analysis. We will also discuss the implications of our results to teaching practice.

      We use a corpus of essays written by students of different L1s as part of their coursework at the Hanken School of Economics, Finland (approx. 450,000 words). This data is contrasted with two sets of economics texts written by native speakers of English: student essays in the BAWE corpus (Nesi 2008), and published research articles.

    • References:

      [1] A. Pawley and F. H. Syder. "Two puzzles for linguistic theory: Nativelike selection and nativelike fluency". In: Language and Communication. Ed. by Jack C. Richards and Richard W. Schmidt. London: Longman, 1983.

      [2] James R. Nattinger and Jeanette S. DeCarrico. Lexical phrases and language teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

      [3] Alison Wray. "Formulaic sequences in second language teaching: principle and practice". Applied Linguistics 21.4 (2000), 463–489.

      [4] Peter Howarth. "Phraseology and Second Language Proficiency". Applied Linguistics 19.1 (1998), 24–44.

      [5] Sylviane Granger. "Prefabricated patterns in advanced EFL writing: Collocations and lexical phrases". In: Phraseology: theory, analysis and applications. Ed. by A. P. Cowie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998, 145–160.

      [6] Viviana Cortes. "Lexical bundles in published and student disciplinary writing: Examples from history and biology". English for Specific Purposes 23.4 (2004), 397–423.

      [7] Averil Coxhead. "Phraseology and English for Academic Purposes:Challenges and Opportunities". In: Phraseology in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Ed. by Fanny Meunier and Sylviane Granger. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Benjamins, 2008,149–161.

      [8] Annelie Ädel and Britt Erman. "Recurrent word combinations in academic writing by native and non-native speakers of English: A lexical bundles approach". English for Specific Purposes 31.2 (2012), 81–92.

      [9] Rita Simpson-Vlach and Nick C. Ellis. "An Academic Formulas List: New Methods in Phraseology Research". Applied Linguistics 31.4 (2010), 487–512.

      [10] Hilary Nesi. "BAWE: an introduction to a new resource". In: Proceedings of the 8th Teaching and Language Corpora Conference. Ed. by A. Frankenberg-Garcia, T. Rkibi, M. Braga da Cruz, R.Carvalho, C. Direito, and D. Santos-Rosa. Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração, 2008, 239–246.

  • Marie-Luise Pitzl, University of Salzburg
    Changes 'on the ELF level' – A comparative analysis
  • Svetlana Vetchinnikova, University of Helsinki
    Lexical patterns in second language acquisition and use

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.)