Exploring Englishes in the World, 8 June 2019

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An estimated 1.5 billion people – 20 per cent of the world’s population – speak English today. While there are many Global Englishes, not all ‘Englishes’receive equal recognition and respect.

To counter this, York St John University staff and students will celebrate the wonders of Global Englishes, showcasing their heritage and vitality through an introduction to literature, food and other traditions and customs.

Come along and meet researchers from the University’s School of Languages and Linguistics and the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy and discover more about how Global Englishes have developed and continue to evolve.

About the speakers

Dr Chisato Danjo is a Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University. Her research interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and educational linguistics, especially on the topics of multilingualism, language policy and practice, family language planning and maintenance, and language issues relating to culture and identity.

Chris Hall is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the LIdIA (Language and Identities in InterAction) Research Unit in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University. He is the author of a number of books including Morphology and Mind and An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Breaking the Language Spell, and co-author of Introducing Language and Use and Mapping Applied Linguistics. A Guide for Students and Practitioners.

Dr Indu Vibha Meddegama is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University. Her principal area of research is in the home language practices of immigrant multilingual multi-generational families based in Anglophone contexts. Indu’s current work also extends to considering societal attitudes towards Global Englishes.

Niamh O’Shea is a current final year student on the BA in Linguistics and TESOL programme at York St John University. For her dissertation project, Niamh is investigating teacher attitudes towards ‘non-native’ Englishes.

Dr Linda Walz is a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at York St John University and a Tutor of German at the University of York. She has a background in language teaching, having worked as a teacher of English and German in Swiss Secondary Education. Her main research interests lie in how identity is constructed and negotiated through language. She is especially interested in narratives of personal transition, such as produced by individuals who have moved abroad.

Dr Sarah Lawson Welsh is an Associate Professor and Reader in English and Postcolonial Literature in the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy at York St John University. Sarah’s main research interests are in Food Studies and in contemporary postcolonial writing and cultures, especially Caribbean, Black British and women’s writing.

Brandon Woodcock is currently completing a BA in English linguistics and TESOL at York St John University. As a part-time language teacher, Brandon’s currently gaining a wealth of experience into adult learners’ expectations and understanding around ‘British English(es)’.