Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change
Monday, 15th April 2013
veranstalter: Prof. Jan Blommaert, Dr. Lisa Lim, Prof. Paul Kerswill, Prof Raj Methsrie ansprechpartner: Prof. Dr. Christian Mair email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.isle-linguistics.org/spring_school/ institution: HPSL language: Englisch location institution: Freiburg date_raw: 15.-19.April 2013 date_sort: 15.04.2013, 00:00:00 date_parsed: 19.04.2015, 20:13:00
For the first 30 years after its establishment as a new sub-field of English linguistics, the study of “English as a World Language” (EWL) was largely conceived of as a monolingual enterprise, with the top research priority being to come to terms with the linguistic and sociolinguistic legacy of colonialism. The focus was on the structural description of the “New Englishes” through identifying their phonetic, morphosyntactic and lexical features and on the discourse-pragmatic and sociolinguistic analysis of their use in monolingual interaction. Less attention was paid to Englishes in multilingual settings, the role of English in a multilingual global language ecology, and to non-traditional avenues for the spread of standard and vernacular varieties of English, such as the global entertainment industry or recent waves of migration and refugeeism related to globalization rather than colonialism. With the recent emergence of the research paradigm of the “sociolinguistics of globalization” (Blommaert 2010, Coupland, ed. 2010), it is now possible to extend the scope of EWL studies to include precisely these phenomena both in empirical description and in new theoretical models.
In sponsoring the (post-)doctoral spring school, the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) aims to provide a forum for doctoral students and early career researchers to familiarize themselves with cutting-edge developments in the field and to strengthen their international networks of cooperation. Participants are expected to present their own research projects and develop them further through constructively critical dialogue with each other and with a faculty comprising leaders in the field.
Further information on the spring school can be found here. As of 31st October 2012, registration is closed.
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