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

  • Ying Wang, China Three Gorges University
    Chinese ELF speakers' perceptions of English in change
  • Wipapan Ngampramuan, University of Nottingham (UK) & Mahidol University (Thailand)
    Features of English as a Lingua Franca in Thailand: A Case Study of English Used on Signposts in Tourist Attractions

    • Abstract:

      Owing to the importance of the tourist industry, the use of English as a medium of communication between Thai people and international visitors has continued to increase. As English is a foreign language, this can finally lead to the use of English in Thai contexts.

      This research aims to 1) point out the features of English used in Thailand, and 2) display the attitudes of tourists towards English used in Thai contexts.

      The data came from 1,227 English signs in popular 20 tourist attractions. The analysis integrates results from the corpus of signs, interviews, and researcher observations in combination with the theoretical frameworks of English as a Lingua Franca and interlanguage pragmatics, which focuses on how non-native speakers comprehend and produce action in a target language.

      English in Thailand can be divided into two groups based on: 1) grammatical features, such as, misspelling, and wrong forms, and 2) semantic features, such as, creativity and word choices. English used by Thai people appears to have unique characteristics, which have close relations with Thailand's cultures, society and language. Regarding the interviews with 40 international tourists, 72.5% of them see Thai English as part of global Englishes, while 27.5% still prefer Standard English.

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.)