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LINGUIST List 23.118

Fri Jan 06 2012

Calls: English, Language Habitats, Multilingual Regions/Germany

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        1.     Gerhard Leitner , English in Asia and Europe's Asia Competence


Message 1: English in Asia and Europe's Asia Competence
Date: 06-Jan-2012
From: Gerhard Leitner <gerhard.leitnerfu-berlin.de>
Subject: English in Asia and Europe's Asia Competence
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Full Title: English in Asia and Europe's Asia Competence
Short Title: Eng-in-Asia

Date: 09-May-2012 - 12-May-2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Gerhard Leitner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/v/english_in_asia/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Other Specialty: Language Habitats, Multilingual Regions

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

The future of English as a world language has much to do with its status and use in Asia. The largest number of users of English comes from Asia and seems to be growing. English is deeply embedded in Asia's multilingual languages habitats and functions as a (first or second) official language, a foreign language or a lingua franca. It is an icon of social transformation processes in multilingual nations and regions. As nation-building, globalization, and large regional bodies are making significant demands on modernizing traditional societies, communication and English gain a central role in mediating change. Particular demands are made of the institutions in education including professional formation. Addressing these themes, this conference will highlight inter- and multidisciplinary research of language disciplines, of history, and politics and encourage a deeper cooperation between researchers and academic institutions in Asia and Europe. It will raise issues of special concern to Germany and Europe to develop an Asia competence from a language and communicational perspective.

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited around several major themes:

(1) Will English diversify ever more in Asia or will there emerge a common Asian lingua franca?
(2) What are the major features of English in Asia and what are the parameters that frame its development?
(3) If the varieties of English in Asia should loosen their ties with British and American English, what norms would emerge that guide its uses inside selected countries and across the region?
(4) What are the consequences of these developments? Do they endanger the usefulness of English in interactions with people from outside the region? What do they need to know about the varieties of English in Asia to communicate and participate effectively?
(5) Regarding the developments of English, are their similar developments taking place in Europe?
(6) Given that English is deeply embedded in multilingual language habitats or scenarios, are there other languages such as Mandarin, Malay or Tamil that can be expected to acquire a high(er) prestige so that they can compete with English? What would be the likely consequences for Europe?
(7) Should Europe need a larger competence in Asian languages? What about Asia? Should Asian nations and regional institutions support the availability of more European languages than just rely on English?
(8) What kind of inter- and multi-disciplinarity would one need to monitor these developments?

For information on guidelines and submissions, please view our website:

http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/v/english_in_asia/index.html



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