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

  • Niina Hynninen, Stockholm University
    Language regulation: Alternative norms for English as a lingua franca?
  • Andrew Sewell, Lingnan University
    Norms and forms: normativity and English in the world

    • Abstract:

      Using language is an inherently normative activity; even linguistic creativity relies on the transgression of norms for some of its effects. The concept of norms can thus be seen as central to studies of English in the world. It is, however, a concept with various meanings and uses. These include the statistical norms of corpus studies, linguists' identifications of norms and varieties, and non-linguists' views about language. There are also the normative processes, education being one, that play a role in creating and maintaining norms. In this presentation I will review the concepts of norms and normativity, referring to phonological data from different varieties and considering certain practical and theoretical questions. For example, what scope is there for employing local or lingua franca norms in language teaching and testing? And given the complex and contested nature of norms, what role do they play in studies of English in the world? A dynamic view of norms within a conceptual framework of language as a complex adaptive system provides perspectives for theorizing.

  • Amira Massaabi, University of Manouba, Tunis
    Should Tunisian English be tolerated in language classrooms?

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.)