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.)

  • Iain B M Lambert, Kyorin University
    Japanese learners and their beliefs about English: identity and the "native speaker" model
  • Qing Ma, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
    Linguistic innovations or errors? What do other speakers of English say about written Chinese English?

    • Abstract:

      English has been transformed from a single-cultured linguistic system to a multi-cultured language encompassing various local linguistic features and cultural norms. The English used by Chinese speakers is being developed into a new variety as a result of language and cultural contact, manifesting Chinese-specific linguistic features and cultural conceptualisations to varying degrees. One key issue pertinent to the future development of Chinese English is the differentiation of linguistic innovations from errors. A questionnaire was designed to investigate various English speakers' understanding and acceptance of recurrent deviant lexical features in Chinese advanced English speakers' academic writing. Acceptance means accepting these lexical features with no correction being provided. Participants, 131 in total, were differentiated in three ways: (1) status (being a teacher, postgraduate or undergraduate), (2) circle (being an inner, out or expanding circle speaker), and (3) gender (being a male or female). The results show that the participants in general have demonstrated a fairly good understanding of these deviant features, but their willingness to accept these features is significantly lower. Furthermore, both 'status' and 'circle' have a significant effect on their acceptance whereas 'gender' does not. Discussions are conducted in relation to the on-going codification of Chinese English.

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.)