International Conference on Global English

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International Conference on Global English
Short Title: GLOBENG

Date: 14-Feb-2008 - 16-Feb-2008
Location: Verona, Italy
Contact Person: Maria Ivana Lorenzetti
Meeting Email: globeng at
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2007

Meeting Description:

The Department of English Studies of the University of Verona is proud to
announce GlobEng: International Conference on Global English.
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the presentation
of research
discussing issues related to the role of English as a global language.

The debate over the status of English as an International language has been
flourishing in the last few decades and is still open to new prospective
developments. Starting from the awareness of English undisputedly
prominent role as a Lingua Franca in international communication, the
fact that native speakers are
currently a minority, compared to second-language users of the
language has been
repeatedly highlighted. The changing status of English has led to the
emergence of a new linguistic scenery. On the one hand, the so-called
native varieties have become highly differentiated and acquired
greater autonomy, while on the other, the rapid
growth of a community of non-native speakers, thanks to increasing
exchanges, has triggered reflection on the possible rise of a new International
English, as opposed to the current native varieties.

A wide range of issues are brought to the fore in this connection, especially
focusing on the possible evolution of the current scenario, both in Europe and
in the rest of the world, with a reflection on (and a possible revision of) the
notion of Standard, and the crucial implications that prospective developments
might have on English Language Teaching (ELT). The programme includes
plenary lectures by renowned scholars in the field, such as David
Crystal, Jennifer Jenkins, Adrian Hollyday, Alan Maley, Barbara
Seidlhofer and Simon Sweeney.

Papers are encouraged which address the following topics:

- Pronunciation Models: new vs. standard
- Implications of new morphosyntactic models
- Semantic and pragmatic implications of globalising English
- Cultures, media and globalisation
- Identities and international communication
- Language policies in the European Community
- English and other languages in the classroom
- The teaching of English as a foreign/second language and as a specialised
- Terminological issues and new taxonomies

Contributions are invited for 20-minute presentations (plus discussion).
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length (references excluded). They
should be anonymous and should be sent as email attachments (preferably .pdf or
rtf format) to:

Please conform to the following specifications:
- Times New Roman pt.12 or equivalent font, single-spaced.
- Please do not include your name or any obvious form of identifiers in the
abstract. This is because the abstracts will be subject to anonymous
- In order to assist with the reviewing process, please also list up to 5
keywords in the email message

Abstracts should be submitted as an attachment in MS Word, or PDF format;
- Subject line of the email should be GlobEng and abstract title;
- Email message should include: Talk Title, Author's Name(s), Title(s),
Affiliation(s), Contact Info (email address, postal address, telephone number,
fax number)
- Abstracts should be submitted via email to:
Abstracts should reach us by 30 September 2007.

For further information
Web site:
E-mail: globeng at

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: 30 September 2007
Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2007
Early Registration: tba
Late Registration: tba
GlobEng: 14-15-16 February 2008

Scientific Coordinator:
Prof. Cesare Gagliardi

Scientific and Organizing Committee:
Elisabetta Adami
Anna Belladelli
Roberto Cagliero
Cristiana Chiarini
Marta Degani
Roberta Facchinetti
Cristina Gatti
Sharon Hartle
Maria Ivana Lorenzetti
Paola Vettorel
Anna Zanfei

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