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

  • Terttu Nevalainen, University of Helsinki; and Tanja Säily, University of Helsinki
    Comparing like with like? Tools for exploring families of corpora

    • Abstract:

      The number of electronic corpora has increased dramatically in recent years, including the extension of the Brown Corpus family over time and assembling an International Corpus of English (ICE). Access to comparable material is indeed a prerequisite for the study of linguistic change and regional variation in a global language like English.

      Using the same sampling frame optimizes corpus comparisons over time and space. However, past research has shown that genre comparability is not necessarily easy to achieve, and even the "same" genres can vary considerably. The aim of our paper is not to evaluate the reasons behind this variation but rather to provide tools for exploring the matchingness of corpora and spotting such differences.

      One way of comparing corpora is keyword analysis. As a complementary approach, we introduce an easy-to-use interactive visualization tool, Text Variation Explorer (TVE). TVE includes three helpful diagnostics for genre variation: type/token ratio, average word length, and the proportion of hapax legomena. Furthermore, TVE can cluster text samples according to a user-given set of words by applying principal component analysis.

      Using ICE as an example, we will show how TVE can provide a quick overview of similarities and differences across corpora, highlighting sections that require more careful analysis. We argue that exploratory, highly interactive techniques can usefully complement traditional statistical analysis, especially when the goal is to generate insights rather than test a well-defined hypothesis.

    • References:

  • Hanna Parviainen, University of Tampere
    The omission of overt direct objects of transitive verbs in Asian Englishes

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.)