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Public Lecture: Deliberate creativity in English as a Lingua Franca

School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland

Monday, 23 October 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm (AEST)

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Deliberate creativity in English as a Lingua Franca - Presented by Professor Istvan Kecskes

All are welcome to attend. Please register by Wednesday 18 October 2017

Abstract: Language use in any human language is about the alternation of formulaic and creative chunks of language in speech production. The presentation argues that this alternation is crucial for English as a Lingua Franca because this is where the main difference between English as a Native Language use and ELF use can be identified. Since ELF users cannot rely on the norms, standards and conventions of ENL as native speakers do, they need to co-construct, co-create those in their temporary speech communities.  As a consequence, ELF users are supposed to produce more ad hoc generated language than rely on prefabricated units when creating utterances than their ENL counterparts. However, this only seems to be like this, because in fact ELF speakers produce not less formulaic language than their ENL counterparts but sometimes even more.

This seemingly contradictory fact can be explained by a process I call “deliberate creativity” (Kecskes 2016), which is used to create and/or co-construct temporary formulas from scratch which either resemble L2 (English) formulas (“we shouldn’t wake up any dogs") or L1 (speaker’s L1) formulas (“hungry like a church mouse”) or are just the result of temporary communicative extension of the system (“in making food there was no one on top of her”). It will be argued and demonstrated that deliberate creativity in ELF is a compensation for limited access to prefabricated units in the target language.

Presenter: Istvan Kecskes is Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York, USA. He teaches graduate courses in pragmatics, second language acquisition and bilingualism at SUNY, Albany. Professor Kecskes is the President of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) and the CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) Association, the founder and co-director of the “Barcelona Summer School on Bi- and Multilingualism”, and the founder and co-director of “Sorbonne, Paris – SUNY, Albany Graduate Student Symposium”. He is the founding editor of the linguistics journal Intercultural Pragmatics and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics published by Mouton de Gruyter, as well as the bilingual (Chinese-English) journal CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) published by Mouton and the co-founding editor of Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict published by John Benjamins. He has published numerous books and papers, “Foreign language and mother tongue” (with Tunde Papp, 2000, Erlbaum) “Intercultural Pragmatics” (2013, Oxford University Press), and “English as a Lingua Franca: The pragmatic perspective” (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

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Registration: 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start 

Public Lecture: 6:45pm - 7:45pm 

Light Refreshments: 7:45pm - 8:45pm 

Enquiries: events@languages-cultures.uq.edu.au 

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The Terrace Room (Top floor of the Sir Llew Edwards Building), Building No.14
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

Monday, 23 October 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm (AEST)


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School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland

Languages are central to human life. They are the glue that binds our societies together, and underpin all aspects of life; from everyday interactions in our personal lives through to governance and work at all levels of society. In an increasingly interconnected world, the demand for graduates with high levels of proficiency in key world and regional languages and advanced cultural knowledge is on the rise.

At the School of Languages and Cultures we seek to further knowledge and understanding about language and the intersection of language and culture. Our staff specialise in researching and teaching a range of world languages as well as languages of Australia, and about the cultures with which they are inextricably linked.

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