Saturday, October 31, 2009

LSP Hosted International Confab of Linguists

The Linguistic Society of the Philippines hosted the 15th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) held last October 22-24, 2009 at Parklane International Hotel in Cebu City.

The annual conference is a forum that promotes the exchange of ideas among linguists, applied linguists, sociolinguists, writers, scholars, and educators on the philosophy of World Englishes and issues of convergence and diversity specifically in language.

This year’s theme: “Connecting Cultures through World Englishes: Convergence and Diversity in Language, Literature, and Pedagogy,” covered a wide range of topics in the domains of education, government, industry, and media.

Delegates discussed the following topics: 1.) Literary creativity in South, Southeast, and East Asia; 2.) Philippine English, Philippine Englishes in the World Englishes paradigm; 3.) World Englishes, Asian Englishes, and competing norms; 4.) World Englishes and the ASEAN lingua franca; 5.) World Englishes and language use in media; 6.) World Englishes and the ASEAN workplace; 7.) World Englishes vs English as a Lingua Franca.

The event was keynoted by known experts in the field such as Dr. Danilo Tayag, Full Professor and Chairperson, Department of English and Applied Linguistics at the Dela Salle University and President of Linguistic Society of the Philippines; Dr. Eyamba G. Bokamba, Professor of Linguistics and African Languages at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign; and Dr. Yasukata Yano, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan .

The 15th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes was organized in partnership with Dela Salle University Manila, SIL Philippines; and the Philippine Social Science Center.

For more information, contact the Linguistic Society of the Philippines at (632) 524-4611 or through their website


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