LINGUIST List 23.3155

Mon Jul 23 2012

Calls: English, Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Typology/Finland

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 22-Jul-2012
From: Ray Carey <>
Subject: Changing English: Contacts & Variation
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Full Title: Changing English: Contacts & Variation Short Title: ChangE 2013
Date: 10-Jun-2013 - 12-Jun-2013 Location: Helsinki, Finland Contact Person: Ray Carey
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 26-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

The spread of English to virtually all parts of the world has brought along completely new challenges to the research into it. Instead of the traditional canons of English studies, a variety of approaches and methods is now required to describe and explain the linguistic, educational and other problems arising from the status of English as a world language used daily by hundreds of millions of people from very different backgrounds.

The GlobE (Global English) consortium is a collaborative project funded by the Academy of Finland and made up of researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Tampere, and Eastern Finland. We are pleased to announce a conference entitled 'Changing English: Contacts & Variation' to be held on June 10-12, 2013, at the University of Helsinki. Like our research consortium, the conference will combine multiple approaches to the challenge of addressing current issues in English as a global language.

'Changing English: Contacts & Variation' focuses on English as a world language used daily by hundreds of millions of people from very different backgrounds. The position of English as a lingua franca in the present-day world means that it enters into constant contact with virtually every other major language in the world. This, in turn, leads to accelerated change and variation in English itself.

These processes will be examined in light of recent advances made in four hitherto rather separate lines of research:

Contact linguisticsTypologyEnglish as a lingua franca (ELF)Second-language acquisition (SLA)

Combining these approaches helps to describe and explain the ongoing changes and the emerging characteristics of Global English. Our invited plenary speakers further reflect these diverse fields of inquiry:

Zhiming Bao, National University of SingaporeJennifer Jenkins, University of SouthamptonChristian Mair, University of FreiburgRajend Mesthrie, University of Cape TownBarbara Seidlhofer, University of ViennaDonald Winford, Ohio State University

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of 150-200 words (excluding references) may be submitted via the conference website ( through November 26, 2012. Presentation formats will be 20 minutes with five minutes for questions and discussion (25 minutes total). Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by the scientific committee, and the conference language will be English. For more information on the conference, please see the conference website.

On behalf of the organising committee,

Anna Mauranen, University of HelsinkiMarkku Filppula, University of Eastern FinlandJuhani Klemola, University of Tampere

Contact: changing-englishhelsinki.fi

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