Englishes Today is concerned with the expansion of English around the world and with its development into distinctive first, second and foreign language varieties, these having been subject to different classifications and models of analysis (see specially Kachru 1986, McArthur 1998 and Schneider 2007). The spread and globalization of English has proved to be of interest in the study of diverse linguistic phenomena, as well as a testing ground for various frameworks and research traditions, among them typological linguistics, second language acquisition, contact linguistics and sociolinguistics. 

From a methodological perspective the study of World Englishes poses a challenge, and attempts have been made to address these in corpus linguistics, sociolinguistic fieldwork and variationist studies. The aim of this conference is to contribute to this increasingly fashionable but still largely under-explored field of research by bringing together ideas from different frameworks and approaches, these dealing with any aspect of Englishes today in terms of their origin, status and development.

Plenary speakers

Stephanie Hackert (University of Munich): Standards of English(es) in the Caribbean

Marianne Hundt (University of Zurich): Error, feature or (incipient) change?

Christian Mair (University of Freiburg): Englishes beyond and between the three circles: World Englishes research in the age of globalisation

Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg): World Englishes on YouTube: treasure trove or nightmare?

Englishes Today is organized by the research group Language Variation and Textual Categorization (LVTC) at the University of Vigo and the research project Morphosyntactic Variation in New Englishes at the University of the Balearic Islands (grant number FFI2011-26693-C02-02), in cooperation with the research project Constructionalization and Grammaticalization in English at the University of Santiago de Compostela (grant number FFI2011-26693-C02-01) and the research network English Linguistics Circle (ELC), which involves five research groups based at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo.


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