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Full Title: International Linguistic Association: ‘English--Global and Local’

      
Location: New York City, NY, USA
Start Date: 12-Apr-2013 - 14-Apr-2013
Contact: Annika Wendt
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.ilaword.org
Meeting Description: 58th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association
April 12 - April 14, 2013
Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
Brooklyn, NY 11235
English--Global and Local

Plenary Speakers:

Janina Brutt-Griffler
Professor and Associate Dean, GSE
Foreign and Second Language Education
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Luis Francia
Adjunct Professor
Asian American Studies
Hunter College, City University of New York

Featured Panel:

The panel will discuss issues involved in using English in an international organization

The theme of the conference is English--Global and Local. Over the past half century, English has become ever more widely spoken across the globe, and at the same time multiple and increasingly distinctive varieties have emerged. Both phenomena have given rise to questions and controversy. What accounts for the spread of English? Is it to be considered entirely or mainly a product of political, economic, or cultural imperialism? Or is it better explained as a result of social and economic change at the local level? How do we account for the development of local varieties? How should those varieties be handled in formal education and in literature? What is the significance of English and the diverse English languages for the political and social identities of people in different parts of the world? What are the consequences of the dominance of English for the use of other languages?
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 24.6


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