Linguistics in the Pub in London March meeting

The next Linguistics in the Pub in London (LIPIL) meeting will be 6-8pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017 on the topic of “Documenting, analysing and valuing World English”. Guest speaker will be Prof Stefanie Pillai, University of Malaya.

Linguists have long argued that ‘non-standard’ varieties of language are as valuable as the standard forms that are found in the media, education and other formal domains. For example, variationist sociolinguistics has long championed research on African American Vernacular English. We will discuss the ways English is valued, and different varieties of English are valued in different parts of the world. We will also discuss how English is used as a contact language, and as an international language of the research community.

Pillai, Stefanie. 2008. Speaking English the Malaysian way–correct or not? English Today, 24(04), 42-45. [available for PDF download]

Date: Tuesday 14th March
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7LY

Food and drinks available at the venue [The MA has meals, and also has a range of beverages inc. tea and coffee]

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