Calls: How Global is English in the Globalising World?

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon Jan 12 01:16:10 UTC 2009

 How Global is English in the Globalising World?

Date: 09-Sep-2009 - 12-Sep-2009
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: Magdalena Wrembel
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The workshop on 'How Global is English in the Globalising World' will be
held as
part of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 9-12
September 2009, Lisbon.

Final Call for Papers

The aim of the workshop is to investigate the validity of the assumption
English has become a lingua franca of the contemporary world and to discuss
possible scenarios for its future development. We would like to invite a
scholarly debate on whether the globalisation of English leads to the
consolidation of the global language or rather to its fragmentation into new

dialects and varieties. Therefore, we intend to explore the present factual
status of English in the globalising world as well as the emergence of new
Englishes, including, e.g. English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Lingua
Core (LFC ). The debate may also incorporate issues related to the fate of
English as jeopardised by other lingua francas such as Spanish or Chinese.
Finally, we would like to look to the pedagogical implications of the
status of English by exploring foreign learners' expectations and attitudes
towards various pronunciation models.

Key Research Areas:
1) Facts about English as a global language
2) The emergence of new Englishes, Euro-English, foreigners' English
3) Fragmentation of English (internal threat)
4) Other Lingua Francas (external threat)
5) Pedagogical implications, current pronunciation models

Workshop Organisers:
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk
Magdalena Wrembel
Jolanta Sypiańska
(School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

This is a session of the following conference
42nd Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea


Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at

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