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

    • Abstract:

      Researchers of English as a lingua franca (ELF) have uncovered the phenomenon that English is being shaped by non-native English speakers (NNESs) and justified NNESs' Englishes on the basis of their conceptualization of English in its changing form. The work thus challenges the presumption that NNESs should follow native English speakers' (NESs') norms in international communication. However, it remains unclear whether NNESs see their variations from NESs' English as the manifestation of this phenomenon. This paper provides some insights into this issue, with the focus on Chinese ELF users' perceptions of ELF as used by themselves and different from NESs' English.

      The data, collected among both professionals and university students through questionnaires and interviews, reveals the contradiction and struggle within different participants reflecting on their own English in the context of English globalization. While the quantitative data shows the generally neutral attitude towards variations from NESs' English, the qualitative data illuminates the conflict in their perceptions between NES norms and NNESs' needs for endonormativity. In light of these, this paper concludes by discussing both the possibility of ELF to develop into its legitimacy in Chinese users' perspective and some challenges in this direction.

  • 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

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.)