LINGUIST List 26.197

Wed Jan 14 2015

Confs: General Linguistics/UK

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Date: 06-Jan-2015
From: Jacqueline Harding <>
Subject: 4th Annual CLERA Distinguished Lecture with Professor Jennifer Jenkins
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4th Annual CLERA Distinguished Lecture with Professor Jennifer Jenkins

Date: 12-Feb-2015 - 12-Feb-2015
Location: Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Jacquie Harding
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Meeting URL: http:///

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Diverse Englishes, intercultural communication and 'international universities'


Global diversity in English has existed since the early days of British colonisation, and from the late 1970s, research into the English of speakers for whom it is not the mother tongue has grown dramatically. The first to study it were World Englishes scholars, whose interest was in the different English varieties used within the postcolonial countries. More recently, English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) scholars have been exploring how English is used in intercultural communication. In my talk I will discuss the differences between these two research paradigms, consider the next logical development, then turn to a context in which ELF as both phenomenon and field of research is particularly prevalent: Higher Education. Focusing on the UK, I will consider some of the problems and contradictions relating to English language policies and practices (including entry testing) that exist in universities that consider themselves to be international.

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