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Opening Session &
The Department of English Studies of
of Verona is pleased to announce GlobEng:
International Conference on Global English, to be held in Verona, Italy,
from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th February 2008.
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
flourished over the past few decades and is still open to new developments.
Starting from the awareness of the
undisputedly prominent role of English 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
changing status of English has led to the emergence of a new linguistic
scenery. On the one hand, the 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
international exchanges, has triggered a 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, Alan Maley, Barbara Seidlhofer and Simon Sweeney, and accepts proposals for
20-minutes papers (see call for
The conference will host the Satellite symposium Native and non-native mediated discourse and the changing English
Cesare Gagliardi, Roberta Facchinetti,
Roberto Cagliero, Marta Degani, Maria Ivana Lorenzetti, Paola Vettorel,
Anna Zanfei, Elisabetta Adami, Anna Belladelli, Cristiana Chiarini,
Cristina Gatti, Sharon Hartle.
Throughout the conference a book exhibition will offer a
wide display of subject-related books by the following Publishers: CUP,
ELI, LONGMAN, MCMILLAN, OUP, ROUTLEDGE.