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

  • Turo Hiltunen, University of Helsinki; and Martti Mäkinen, Hanken University of Economics
    Formulaic language in L2 academic writing for business studies and economics
  • Marie-Luise Pitzl, University of Salzburg
    Changes 'on the ELF level' – A comparative analysis

    • Abstract:

      The past years have seen an increasing number of descriptive studies on the use of English as a Lingua Franca (henceforth ELF) on the basis of corpus analyses. At the intersection of creativity and convention in language use, some researchers have been particularly concerned with the use and variation of idioms and questions of ELF phraseology (Mauranen 2012, Pitzl 2009, 2012, Seidlhofer & Widdowson 2007). Building on existing findings, this paper will focus on a particular cluster of expressions, namely phrases that include the word level(s), and explore how this lexical item is used in ELF. The analysis presents a quantitative and qualitative discussion of examples in the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English, a one-million word corpus of spoken ELF interactions, and compares these findings to existing L1 English corpora, such as the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE), the spoken component of the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). Initial evidence suggests that the frequency of level in spoken ELF is considerably higher than in L1 English and that this might be due to the widespread use of a semi-fixed prepositional phrase that exploits the metaphoric potential of level(s).

    • References:

      Mauranen, Anna. 2009. "Chunking in ELF: Expressions for managing interaction". Journal of Intercultural Pragmatics 6 (2), 217–233.

      Mauranen, Anna. 2012. Exploring ELF: academic English shaped by non-native speakers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

      Pitzl, Marie-Luise. 2009. "'We should not wake up any dogs': Idiom and metaphor in ELF". In Mauranen, Anna; Ranta, Elina (eds.). English as a lingua franca: Studies and findings. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 298-322.

      Pitzl, Marie-Luise. 2012. "Creativity meets convention: idiom variation and re-metaphorization in ELF". Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 1(1), 27–55.

      Seidlhofer, Barbara; Widdowson, Henry G. 2007. "Idiomatic variation and change in English: The idiom principle and its realizations". In Smit, Ute; Dollinger, Stefan; Hüttner, Julia; Kaltenböck, Gunther; Lutzky, Ursula (eds.). Tracing English through time: Explorations in language variation. Wien: Braumüller, 359-374.

  • Svetlana Vetchinnikova, University of Helsinki
    Lexical patterns in second language acquisition and use

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.)