LINGUIST List 8.1071

Sat Jul 19 1997

Confs: LabPhon6, Engl is an Asian lang

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  1. Paul Carter, LabPhon6 web page
  2. Scott Fitzgerald, English is an Asian language conference

Message 1: LabPhon6 web page

Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 13:28:07 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Carter <>
Subject: LabPhon6 web page

The Sixth Conference on Laboratory Phonology (to be held at the
University of York (UK) on 2-4 July, 1998) now has a web site:

Further information about the conference will be posted to this page as it
becomes available. 

_ Paul Carter ____________________________________ _
Dept of Language & Linguistic Science |
University of York | tel: +44 (0)1904 432660
Heslington, York. YO1 5DD | fax: +44 (0)1904 432652
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Message 2: English is an Asian language conference

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 12:19:30 +1000 (EST)
From: Scott Fitzgerald <>
Subject: English is an Asian language conference

The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd, publishers of the Macquarie Dictionary,
is undertaking a series of conferences throughout South-East Asia in
cooperation with local institutions and associations dealing with
language and linguistics.

The conferences have the general title ENGLISH IS AN ASIAN
LANGUAGE, a statement which is then discussed in the context of each

The proceedings of the first conference in the series, held in Manila
2-3 August 1996, are now available. Price AUD$20, plus postage. Please
contact Susan Butler, Publisher, Macquarie Dictionary, if you wish to purchase a copy.

It is our aim to: 

* assess the role that English is already playing and may play
 in the future in the government, economics, trade and
	education in South-East Asia
* analyse what impact the new Englishes of the region might have
 in reflecting the culture of these language communities
* assess the requirements for an English-language dictionary for
 this region.

Topics to be covered in relation to the English of each country:

* History
* Pronunciation
* Lexical items
* Standardness, particularly in the areas of newspaper
 publishing, book publishing and education, with comments on
 the relative importance of standards derived from within the
 country and those derived externally
* Business English
* English as influencing and influenced by local culture
* The literature on the subject

A broad range of participants will be invited - educators, writers and
journalists, linguists, English language teachers, government
representatives, publishers, newspaper editors. Participants will be
encouraged to discuss each topic, as the exchange of views is of great
importance in establishing a generally accepted point of view.

The first two conferences were held in Manila on 2-3 August 1996 and
in Bangkok on 8-9 August 1996. The proceedings of the Manila
conference have been published (see above) and the proceedings of the
Bangkok conference will be published late 1997.

The keynote speaker for the first two conferences was Professor Braj B
Kachru speaking on the theme of English is an Asian language. Prof.
Kachru is one of the foremost scholars in the field of World
Englishes; he has pioneered, shaped, and defined this field of
scholarly inquiry.

His research on World Englishes, the Kashmiri language and literature,
and theoretical and applied studies on language and society has
resulted in more than 20 authored and edited volumes and more than 100
research papers, review articles, and reviews. He is a founder and
coeditor of World Englishes and series editor of English in the Global
Context. He has held editorial positions in more than a dozen
scholarly journals and is associate editor of the Oxford Companion to
the English Language and a contributor to the Cambridge History of the
English Language. His many graduate students, now teaching in Asia,
Africa, Europe, and the United States, have made recognised
contributions to various areas of sociolinguistic research.

De La Salle University, Manila (Prof. Maria Lourdes S Bautista).

Language Center, National Institute of Development Administration
(NIDA), Bangkok (Associate Professor Dr Tuanchai Tan-ngarmtrong).

The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd, Sydney (Susan Butler).

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18-19 August 1997.

Malaysian Association of Modern Languages (President: Datin Halimah
Mohd Said).

Prof. Dato' Dr Asmah Haji Omar, Professor of Malay Linguistics/Dean,
Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya.

Susan Butler, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd.

Susan Butler is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Macquarie
Dictionary, the first comprehensive documentation of Australian

Since 1970 she has worked on the major dictionary, and the smaller
versions which have been produced from it. She has also worked on the
Macquarie Thesaurus, an entirely original thesaurus produced from the
Macquarie Dictionary.
In 1990 she worked on a review of the dictionary source material, the
results of which were published in a book entitled the Macquarie
Dictionary of New Words. This material was then incorporated into the
second edition of the Macquarie Dictionary published in November 1991.

Susan is now Publisher (Books) and Executive Editor of the Macquarie
Dictionary and as such is involved in the policy-making which
influences the range of lexicographical projects currently undertaken
by The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd.

Andrew Gonzalez FSC, is a member of the La Salle Brothers of the
Philippines. He is currently President of De La Salle University in
the Philippines.

He holds a doctorate in linguistics from the University of California
at Berkeley and has attended various workshops and seminars in higher
education management.

Besides being a member of the board of trustees of several colleges
and universities in Manila, he is a member of the Komisyon sa Wikang
Filipino (Commission on the Filipino National Language) and Chair of
the Technical Panel on the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and
Communications of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the
Republic of the Philippines.

He has published extensively in the field of applied linguistics and
sociolinguistics and on Philipppine higher education.

For further information on the Kuala Lumpur conference contact
Datin Halimah Mohd Said
Malaysian Association of Modern Languages
Fakulti Bahasa Dan Linguistik
Universiti Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel +60 3 755 5889
Fax +60 3 759 3594

or Ms Susan Butler
Macquarie Dictionary
Macquarie University NSW 2109 Australia
Tel +61 2 9850 9800, Fax +61 2 9888 2984
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