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

  • Beyza Björkman, Stockholm University
    English as a lingua franca and the international university: Language policy rhetoric and ground reality
  • David Paterson, Matsuyama University
    How long can Japan play it safe on the edge of ELF?

    • Abstract:

      In the past decade there have been many official pronouncements from the Japanese government regarding the ongoing need for a population "with English Abilities" (MEXT, 2003). However, the lack of practical support to achieve such results, alongside the possibility of an imminent return to greater insularity, raises doubts about the extent to which the function of English is viewed as the common international language repeatedly referred to in the "action plan".

      Conflicting attitudes of inferiority towards native English speakers and yet assumed superiority over other non-native speakers (Morizumi, 2009) seem to keep Japanese users near the periphery of ELF discussion, yet the two languages clearly continue to be in close contact, with accompanying variation.

      Referring to corpus-based comparisons, particularly the soon-to-be-completed ICNALE project (Ishikawa, 2012) and personal research focussing on informal interaction between students from Japan, Korea and China attending a rural Japanese university, this study aims to offer insights into the viewpoint of those actually faced by the challenging choices of lingua franca usage (including Japanese). How have social networking and increased exchange of popular culture affected the East Asian perspective? Are Kachru's circles (1985) still expanding outwards or finally drawing in, bringing Japan closer to MEXT's goals?

  • Samir Lakehal, Université Stendhal (Grenoble, France)
    Why the French can't speak the Queen's English?

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.)

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.)