LINGUIST List 30.3827

Thu Oct 10 2019

Calls: English; Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Finland

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 07-Oct-2019
From: Sofia Rüdiger <>
Subject: Lesser-Known and Expanding Circle Varieties of English on Social Media
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Full Title: Lesser-Known and Expanding Circle Varieties of English on Social Media

Date: 03-Jun-2020 - 03-Jun-2020
Location: Joensuu, Finland
Contact Person: Sofia Sofia
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

While ‘lesser-known’ varieties of English (LKEs, cf. Schreier, Trudgill, Schneider, and Williams 2010; Williams, Schneider, Trudgill, and Schreier 2015) and Expanding Circle Englishes (ECEs, Kachru 1985) may have received less attention than more widely studied varieties (with Indian English, Singapore English, South African English as cases in point), they certainly are not ‘lesser’ in deserving scholarly attention. The goal of this workshop is to stimulate researchers’ exchanges on lesser-known varieties, understood here as varieties that have not yet been subjected to extensive scrutiny, and ECEs. In contrast to previous approaches, which focused primarily on varieties in ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer’ Circle contexts, we include varieties used in either ‘Inner’, ‘Outer’, or ‘Expanding’ Circle settings. As a key component of the workshop, our focus lies on the manifestation, realisation, and discussion of LKEs and ECEs on social media platforms. The role of social media as a transnational phenomenon will be of relevance here, as it is often also used to display these varieties to a global audience – for instance in the form of YouTube videos explaining and/or presenting particular varieties (see Schneider 2016). The potential of social media data for the study of World Englishes has so far been under-harnessed as a data source in the field; however, its powerful and promising nature needs to be balanced with the ethical considerations inherent in using such data.

There is a growing importance of internet registers in World Englishes research in general (e.g., Shakir and Deuber 2019), also seen in the creation and use of the Global Web-based English (GloWbE) corpus (Davies and Fuchs 2015); most of which, however, consists of websites and blogs (both online genres with low levels of interaction) and largely neglects data from Expanding Circle Englishes and lesser-known varieties of English. Some studies point to productive and/or creative online uses of English across ECEs and LKEs: for example, English in Mongolia has become “the universal or one-size-fits-all language for the majority of Mongolian FB [Facebook] pages” (Dovchin 2017: 23), often creatively mixing the Cyrillic and Latin writing systems (Billé 2010). One may also question the extent to which language or dialect death is averted or at least delayed by the presence of such LKEs online.

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions for contributions (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) addressing one or more of the following aspects:

- analyses of linguistic features in LKEs and ECEs on social media;
- metalinguistic discourse about LKEs and ECEs on social media;
- methodological approaches to LKEs and ECEs on social media;
- ethical considerations related to working with data from the Internet (involving LKEs and ECEs in particular);
- corpus compilation and design when data from social media are involved;
- any other issues related to the topic of the workshop.

Please submit your abstract of 400 words (excluding references) via e-mail to,, and by 31 December 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 31 January 2020.

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