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

  • Lixun Wang, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
    The Asian Corpus of English (ACE): Asian ELF tendencies
  • Mikko Laitinen, Linnaeus University
    Ongoing grammatical changes and global Englishes

    • Abstract:

      This paper looks into how current grammatical changes in English are reflected and adopted in use in the present-day global Englishes, i.e. in lingua franca and in other L2-varieties of today. The study of ongoing changes in English has emerged as a lively field recently, and the studies of lexico-grammatical variability have identified a range of patterns of contemporary change (Leech et al. 2009; Mair & Leech 2006). Much of this research has focused on the inner core varieties of English, and only recently have we seen investigations targeting changes in the new Englishes (see Filppula 2012; Laitinen 2011). The main argument is that more emphasis should be placed on exploring the diachronic embedding of variability in today's global Englishes. This paper presents evidence on two current and ongoing changes: (a) variability in the modals of will/shall (Leech 2003) and (b) changes in the adverbial connectives of every/each/any time (Brinton 2007). I will draw evidence from two databases that represent English uses in Sweden and in Finland. These databases are currently in compilation, with the aim that they would provide good practices for developing a new generation of global English text corpora.

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.)