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Stony Brook University to host International Association of World Englishes conference

Scholars from 40 countries will converge at the association’s 25th annual conference to explore the theme of World Englishes in a Multilingual World.

Stony Brook, NY – June 9, 2023 – From June 15 to 17, Stony Brook University’s Mattoo Center for India Studies and Department of Asian and Asian American Studies will sponsor a major international conference on the use of English around the world. The event, organized by the International Association of World Englishes (IAWE), will bring together more than 120 scholars from 40 countries across the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania.

English is the world’s most commonly used language with roughly 1.5 billion native and non-native speakers. It is also used to express many non-English cultures. With such a vast and far-reaching breadth, English has developed many new varieties, such as Indian English, Ghanaian English and Singapore English. These “World Englishes” display different accents, grammars, usage, and thousands of new words.

The unprecedented proliferation of English has transformed many scientific fields related to language

studies. It has also prompted countless questions about the implications of the language’s growing use, and the IAWE conference is a forum for such discourse. Prominent scholars such as Professor David Crystal, the world’s leading authority on English, will speak at the event. 

Stony Brook has led cutting-edge research efforts on multilingualism and World Englishes for nearly half a century. As a testimony to the multitudinous aspect of English, the conference will be co-sponsored by many academic units at the university, including English, Linguistics, Africana Studies, the Multilingual Intercultural Center, the Language Learning Research Center, Global Studies and International Programs.

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