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Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change

DateMonday, 15th April 2013, 00:00 - 01:00
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veranstalter: Prof. Jan Blommaert, Dr. Lisa Lim, Prof. Paul Kerswill, Prof Raj Methsrie
ansprechpartner: Prof. Dr. Christian Mair
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.