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Wed Jan 23 2008

Confs: General Linguistics, English Language/Hong Kong

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        1.    Ernest Shue Fung Lam, The 14th Annual Conference of IAWE

Message 1: The 14th Annual Conference of IAWE
Date: 20-Jan-2008
From: Ernest Shue Fung Lam <ernestlcityu.edu.hk>
Subject: The 14th Annual Conference of IAWE
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The 14th Annual Conference of IAWE
Short Title: World Englishes 2008

Date: 01-Dec-2008 - 05-Dec-2008
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contact: Ernest Shue Fung Lam
Contact Email: we2008cityu.edu.hk
Meeting URL: http://we2008.ctl.cityu.edu.hk

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Meeting Description:

The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association for World Englishes
(IAWE) will be held at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China,
from 3 Dec to 5 Dec 2008. Pre-Conference workshops will be organized two days
prior on 1 and 2 Dec 2008. Members of the Association, scholars and researchers
in World Englishes and those who are interested in the field are invited to
propose papers for presentation or participate by attending the Conference.
Please visit the official website for updates:

International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) is an international
scholarly association which aims to establish links among those who are involved
with any aspect of World Englishes in research and/or teaching. The association,
formally established in May 1992, focuses on global issues relating to three
major aspects of World Englishes, language, literature, and pedagogy. It is
committed to the study of the forms and functions of varieties of Englishes in
diverse cultural and sociolinguistic contexts. It also looks for a more
realistic approach and a new framework for looking at English in global contexts
and proposes concepts such as appropriateness, intelligibility,
comprehensibility, and interpretability as pragmatic factors that determine the
uses of English as an international and intra-national language.

IAWE has held annual conferences in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. At
these conferences the questions discussed have included: the sociolinguistic and
political contexts of the countries where English is used as a non-native
language; the factors which determine the retention of English after the end of
the colonial period; the sociolinguistic and linguistic profile of each variety,
particularly with reference to their range of functions and depth of societal
penetration; and the linguistic and other processes of nativization and

The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association for World Englishes
(IAWE) will be held at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2008.

The conference theme is ''World Englishes and World's Languages: Convergence,
Enrichment or Death?'' What follows are a number of research topics under which
the Conference and the discussion on world Englishes can go forward.

1. Use of English(es) in various contexts in the 21st century
2. Diversification/ homogenization of English languages
3. History and possible prospects of the development of World Englishes Studies
4. The dialogues between English languages and social, political, cultural and
gender discourses
5. Critical reflections on concepts, definitions and terminologies
6. Pedagogies of Englishes
7. The making of (g)local identities through World Englishes
8. Creativity in Englishes writing in the age of globalization
9. Hong Kong English(es): Linguistic features, literature and history

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