Plenary Panel

ELF and its Sociolinguistic Interfaces and Applications

Will Baker
, University of Southampton, UK
Martin Dewey, King's College, UK
Karolina Kalocsai, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Janus Mortensen, Roskilde University, Denmark

In this panel we will consider a number of key issues that link research in ELF and sociolinguistics.  These will be based around the follow three questions:

  1. What are the implications of ELF research for understanding the relationships between language use and communities?
  2. What are the implications of ELF research for understanding the relationships between language use and identity?
  3. Which areas of research in the interface between the study of ELF and sociolinguistics are in need of further attention? 
Through a discussion of these questions the panel will explore concepts of, and relations between, communities, identities, communication, and language. They will
suggest that many of the fundamental concepts in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics research need re-consideration and re-evaluation in the light of current findings from ELF research as well as other contemporary approaches in sociolinguistics. Members of the audience will also be invited to contribute to what we hope will be an interactive and lively discussion.