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Travel the World at Home Lecture
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 4:00pm
Travel the World at Home Lecture

What: Travel the World at Home Lecture - International Visiting Professor Program

When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: University Center Building, room 335B

"World Englishes" has been a recognized field of English Linguistics since the 1960s, and today many varieties of English spoken around the globe are well researched and docmented with scholarly publications, reference works (e.g., dictionaries) or even electronic text corpora (e.g., the Internationsl Corpus fo English) available to the interested public.  

But how did those Englishes develop? When did the acquire the features we describe today? To help linguists answer these questions, several research teams at German universities are working on parallel text corpora to trace the historical development of different post-colonial Englishes. The lecture will present the project, its challenges and potential uses.

Andrea Sand is a Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Treir (Germany). She received her Ph.D. and pos-doctoral degree from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and taught at several university in Germany and abroad. Her main research interests include corpus linguistics, language contact and varieties of English. This summer, she has returned to PSU for the third time, teaching a class on World Englishes for the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Honors Program.

Cost: Free

Contact: David Brandt,, 5030725-8595