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Full Title: ELF and Change: 10th Anniversary Conference of English as a Lingua Franca

Short Title: ELF10
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 12-Jun-2017 - 15-Jun-2017
Contact: Ida Mauko
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Meeting Description: The University of Helsinki ELFA group warmly welcomes you to the 10th Anniversary Conference of English as a Lingua Franca. After a grand world tour of ELF conferences through Southampton (2009), Vienna (2010), Hong Kong (2011), Istanbul (2012), Rome (2013), Athens (2014), Beijing (2015) and Lleida (2016), ELF10 now returns to its roots in Helsinki where the first ELF conference was held. Over the years, ELF conferences have grown and ELF has established itself, attracting attention of both academics and language practitioners worldwide. It is time to celebrate the achievements and explore future vistas. With two ‘Changing English’ conferences (2013 and 2015), our Helsinki group has established a profile of linguists eager to push the boundaries and explore possibilities of cross-fertilisation between different approaches to contemporary change in English. For us, ELF is a pivotal driver of change in English, and in the perception of language for theoretical and practical purposes. In this conference, we incorporate cutting edge viewpoints of evolutionary linguistics, complexity theory, human cognition, varieties of English and historical sociolinguistics at the same time letting ELF take the lead, as the selection of the invited speakers and colloquium conveners suggests. We hope that this conference will serve as another stepping stone in bridging the gap between ELF, different traditions of English studies, and Applied Linguistics, and help to further promote and consolidate collaboration between them.

We are honoured that the following invited speakers and colloquium conveners have already confirmed their participation in the conference:

Keynote Speakers:

William Croft, University of New Mexico
Ewa Dąbrowska, Northumbria University
Mikko Laitinen, University of Eastern Finland
Janus Mortensen, University of Copenhagen
Terttu Nevalainen, University of Helsinki

Invited Colloquium Conveners:

Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton
Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna
Henry Widdowson, University of Vienna

Welcome to Helsinki in 2017.

Anna Mauranen, Svetlana Vetchinnikova, Ida Mauko and the ELFA group
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 27.4751

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