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Full Title: Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change

Location: Freiburg, Germany
Start Date: 15-Apr-2013 - 19-Apr-2013
Contact: Christian Mair
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School
‘Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change’


Prof. Jan Blommaert (University of Tilburg)
Prof. Paul Kerswill (University of York)
Dr. Lisa Lim (The University of Hong Kong)
Prof. Raj Mesthrie (University of Cape Town)
Prof. H. Samy Alim (Stanford; to be confirmed)
and others

Venue: University of Freiburg, 15-19 April 2013
Hosts: English Department, FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies) & HPCL (Hermann Paul
Centre for Linguistics)

Aim and Scope of the School: From ‘English as a World Language’ to the ‘Sociolinguistics of Globalization’

For the first 30 years after its establishment as a new sub-field of English linguistics, the study of ‘English as a World Language’ (EWL) was largely conceived of as a monolingual enterprise, with the top research priority being to come to terms with the linguistic and sociolinguistic legacy of colonialism. The focus was on the structural description of the ‘New Englishes’ through identifying their phonetic, morphosyntactic and lexical features and on the discourse-pragmatic and sociolinguistic analysis of their use in monolingual interaction. Less attention was paid to Englishes in multilingual settings, the role of English in a multilingual global language ecology, and to non-traditional avenues for the spread of standard and vernacular varieties of English, such as the global entertainment industry or recent waves of migration and refugeeism related to globalization rather than colonialism. With the recent emergence of the research paradigm of the ‘sociolinguistics of globalization’ (Blommaert 2010, Coupland, ed. 2010), it is now possible to extend the scope of EWL studies to include precisely these phenomena both in empirical description and in new theoretical models.

In sponsoring the (post-)doctoral spring school, the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) aims to provide a forum for doctoral students and early career researchers to familiarize themselves with cutting-edge developments in the field and to strengthen their international networks of cooperation. Participants are expected to present their own research projects and develop them further through constructively critical dialogue with each other and with a faculty comprising leaders in the field.


Registration fee: 80 euros
Tuition: free (for ISLE members), 300 euros for non-members

Costs for board and lodging will range from around 300 euros (room share & budget option) to 500 euros (hotel-type accommodation). Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Financial Support:

ISLE has made available a number of substantial travel bursaries, chiefly intended to help academically qualified participants who are not in regular employment or from countries with non-convertible currencies. Further bursaries are currently being negotiated with a number of charitable foundations.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 23.2954

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