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Full Title: Changing English: Integrating Cognitive, Social and Typological Perspectives

Short Title: ChangE 2015
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 08-Jun-2015 - 10-Jun-2015
Contact: Svetlana Vetchinnikova
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.helsinki.fi/change/2015
Meeting Description: Following the success of the ChangE 2013 conference, the Changing English consortium of researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Tampere, and Eastern Finland is pleased to announce a follow-up conference entitled 'Changing English: Integrating cognitive, social and typological perspectives' to be held on 8-10 June 2015, at the University of Helsinki.

With the enormous variety of Englishes we are witnessing today – as a lingua franca, as World English varieties, as a second language – a wide range of research perspectives and paradigms have been brought to bear on the study of contemporary English. What this conference seeks to achieve, like its predecessor, is to bring a number of these different perspectives into fruitful dialogue with each other. We are particularly interested in the processes and products of intense, complex and sustained language contact in different L1 and L2 varieties. Thus, we hope to bring together scholars from different research traditions including but not limited to the following major areas:

− Contact linguistics
− Typology
− English as a lingua franca (ELF)
− Second language acquisition and use (SLA and SLU)
− Cognitive linguistics
− Multilingualism

We are honoured that the following keynote speakers have already confirmed their participation in the conference:

Edgar Schneider, University of Regensburg
Nick Ellis, University of Michigan
Devyani Sharma, Queen Mary, University of London
Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 24.4742

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