Malta Centre

Workshop on Maltese English in the context of learner varieties

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Location: Universität Bremen, Building GW2, Room A3570
Organizers: Benjamin Saade & Marcus Callies (Universität Bremen)

This workshop takes Maltese English as a starting point for discussing the ontological status of the established categories EFL (English as a foreign language) and ESL (English as a second language). Is there a paradigm gap to close (Mukherjee & Hundt, 2011) or do we just have to look closer at the structural properties, acquisition contexts and discourse pratices of the respective varieties of English?

Mukherjee, J., & Hundt, M. (Eds.). (2011). Exploring second-language varieties of English and learner Englishes: bridging a paradigm gap. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

External listeners are very welcome, just send a short notice to Benjamin Saade (Universität Bremen).

9:00-9:15 Introduction
9:15-9:45 Potatoes, stereotypes and survey data: approaches to the linguistic landscape of Malta
Benjamin Saade (Universität Bremen)
9:45-10:30 Discourse and lexicon studies in ESL- and ENL-varieties around the world: Questionnaire- and corpus-based investigations
Manfred Krug (Universität Bamberg)
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:30 Native listener sensitivity to variation at the prosodic level: rhythm patterns in Maltese English
Sarah Grech & Sandra Vella (University of Malta)
11:30-12:15 Investigating Variety Status: Cyprus as a Case in Point
Christiane Bongartz (Universität zu Köln) & Sarah Buschfeld (Universität Regensburg)
12:15-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:15 Corpus of Learner English in Malta (CLEM)
Odette Vassallo (University of Malta)
14:15-15:00 English in Malta between EFL and ESL varieties: A comparative corpus-study of lexical innovations
Marcus Callies (Universität Bremen)
15:00 Closing discussion