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.)

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

  • Paul Rickman, University of Tampere
    Complementation patterns among verbs of prevention, in British and New Zealand English

    • Abstract:

      The present paper looks into the gerundial complements of verbs of the prevent type, in British and New Zealand English. In the case of prevent, recent work (Mair 2009) shows that BrE has seen a shift over past decades away from the pattern with from (1), towards the from-less pattern (2), with NZE showing signs of following this change.

      (1) The gentle green illumination of the large tropical fishtank added serenity and prevented the room from having the atmosphere of a funeral parlour. (BNC, CEC 48)

      (2) Nor to tell her that it was women like her who prevented girls doing well in sciences. (BNC, A6J 1201)

      With the help of a large corpus of NZE newspaper text compiled for the purpose, this study accounts for other verbs of prevention taking gerundial complements that have thus far escaped analysis due to sparse corpus data. The focus is on the differences apparent between BrE and NZE, changes that are underway, and possible explanations for these differences, with factors such as the nature and complexity of the object NP taken into account in the analysis.

    • References:

      Mair, Christian. 2009. "Infinitival and Gerundial Complements", in Peters, P, Collins, P and Smith, A (eds.), Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 263-276.

  • Sanna Hillberg, University of Eastern Finland
    Visiting Scottish relatives

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.)