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

  • Anne Kankaanranta, Aalto University School of Business; and Leena Louhiala-Salminen, Aalto University School of Business
    English as "corporate language": what is it?

    • Abstract:

      It is widely acknowledged in international business (IB) and management literature that English is the most used shared language for multinationally operating corporations. In this paper we argue, however, that these studies have neglected to examine the nature and role of the language used, and thus also reflect incomplete ontological theorizing of the concept, 'corporate language'.

      On the basis of a review of 36 articles utilizing the notion 'corporate language', combined with insights from applied linguistics research, the paper unpacks and problematizes the concept. It also discusses the conceptualization of English as (business) lingua franca, which has not been addressed in international business and management research previously. We highlight the contribution from English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) studies to language sensitive international business research and show that the multidimensional nature of language identified in the paper needs to be acknowledged in future IB research.

  • Michaela Albl-Mikasa, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
    Implications of conference interpreters' experience for unmediated ELF communication
  • Kaisa Kuoppala, University of Helsinki
    Co-constructing meaning and cultural context in ELF-based teacher education

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.)