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

    • Abstract:

      English is now used as a lingua franca (ELF) by millions of speakers around the world. Indeed, ELF speakers have outnumbered the native English speakers significantly, and as a result, ELF related research is gaining more and more attention. Recently, a team of researchers led by Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer have successfully developed the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE), and have made it publically available online at http://www.univie.ac.at/voice. It is the first computer-readable corpus (one million words) capturing spoken ELF interactions in Europe. The aim of the VOICE project is to open the way for a large-scale and in-depth linguistic description of European ELF. In response to this, a team of researchers in Asia (led by Prof. Andy Kirkpatrick) is currently compiling the Asian Corpus of English (ACE), the Asian counterpart of VOICE. In this presentation, details of the development of the ACE corpus will be reported, and a preliminary linguistic description of common Asian ELF tendencies identified in ACE will be given, and these tendencies are compared with the European ELF features already identified by the VOICE team. It is hoped that the study will shed light on the identification of common linguistic features in Asian and European ELF.

  • Mikko Laitinen, Linnaeus University
    Ongoing grammatical changes and global Englishes

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.)