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Full Title: Changing English: Contacts & Variation

Short Title: ChangE 2013
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 10-Jun-2013 - 12-Jun-2013
Contact: Ray Carey
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Meeting Description: The spread of English to virtually all parts of the world has brought along completely new challenges to the research into it. Instead of the traditional canons of English studies, a variety of approaches and methods is now required to describe and explain the linguistic, educational and other problems arising from the status of English as a world language used daily by hundreds of millions of people from very different backgrounds.

The GlobE (Global English) consortium is a collaborative project funded by the Academy of Finland and made up of researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Tampere, and Eastern Finland. We are pleased to announce a conference entitled ‘Changing English: Contacts & Variation’ to be held on June 10-12, 2013, at the University of Helsinki. Like our research consortium, the conference will combine multiple approaches to the challenge of addressing current issues in English as a global language.

‘Changing English: Contacts & Variation’ focuses on English as a world language used daily by hundreds of millions of people from very different backgrounds. The position of English as a lingua franca in the present-day world means that it enters into constant contact with virtually every other major language in the world. This, in turn, leads to accelerated change and variation in English itself.

These processes will be examined in light of recent advances made in four hitherto rather separate lines of research:

Contact linguistics
English as a lingua franca (ELF)
Second-language acquisition (SLA)

Combining these approaches helps to describe and explain the ongoing changes and the emerging characteristics of Global English. Our invited plenary speakers further reflect these diverse fields of inquiry:

Zhiming Bao, National University of Singapore
Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton
Christian Mair, University of Freiburg
Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town
Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna
Donald Winford, Ohio State University
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Typology
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 23.4876

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