FAH-DENG Guest Lecture: “Understanding Chinese English through the lenses of World Englishes and Cultural Linguistics”


Speaker:

Dr. Marc XU Zhichang

Date:

2018 Dec 14 - 1 Jan 1970

Time:

15:00

Venue:

E21-G035

Description:

Abstract:

In this seminar, I explore Chinese English through the lenses of world Englishes (WE) and cultural linguistics. There has been a paradigm shift over the last half a century from English to Englishes. People are increasingly exposed to world Englishes, including Chinese English. World Englishes, as a discipline, concerns the ‘intelligibility of form, comprehensibility of meaning, and interpretability of sense’ (Proshina, 2014, p. 4). Chinese English is a ‘developing variety’ of world Englishes, and it is also a translanguaging practice among speakers of Chinese and English. There are issues regarding Chinese English research and practice, e.g., whether Chinese English exists; how to name it; how to define it; attitudes and acceptability of Chinese English; features and functions of Chinese English,  and implications of Chinese English for intercultural communication. In this seminar, I explore fallacies of Chinese English, and deconstruct cultural conceptualizations of Chinese English, in particular, I unpack Chinese culturally constructed concepts, e.g., Chinese zodiac animals and the dragon-horse spirit.

 

Biography:

Dr. Zhichang Xu (Marc) is Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, and Associate Editor for English Today. He has taught in universities in Beijing, Perth, Hong Kong and currently in Melbourne. His research areas include World Englishes, Cultural Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, and Language Education.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

FAH - Department of English
Tel: 88224063
Email: fah.english@um.edu.mo