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Presently, I am working on two related research projects: The investigation of systematic expressions of culture in L2 varieties of English within the framework of Cognitive Sociolinguistics, and the compilation of an exclusive dictionary of West African English (WAE).

The study of cultural models, cultural keywords and culture-specific collocations in L2 varieties of English goes back to my work on English in Cameroon. I found that in Cameroon English, and, more generally, African English, certain beliefs, if not worldviews, pertaining to the domain of kinship and community are expressed, which are not present in Western varieties of English. However, within the World Englishes paradigm, culture is either disregarded by descriptive sociolinguists in the tradition of Saussure or cannot be rigorously and systematically described by scholars who stress the cultural transformation of English in second language contexts but lack the adequate methodological apparatus. To make up for these shortcomings, I use methods developed in Cognitive Linguistics (in particular, conceptual metaphor, blending, and cultural model theory) in combination with computer corpus analysis. As a joint project with a colleague from Humboldt-University, Berlin, the African cultural model of community is now being systematized further, and work has begun on culture-specific conceptualizations realized in Hong Kong English. The results of these investigations are important in the current debate on the global role of English and with respect to a more meaning-oriented conception of the pragmatics of intercultural communication.

The dictionary of WAE is a joint project with more colleagues from the English Department of Humboldt-University, Berlin. So far, our computerized database includes almost 7000 exclusive lexical items of WAE. Items are drawn from a variety of sources: e.g. personal interviews with speakers of different national varieties of WAE, literature, newspapers, and various internet-sources. Our aim is not only to find items that are exclusive to WAE, but also to differentiate them according to their occurrence and pronunciation in the national varieties of WAE (Gambian English, Sierra Leonean English, Liberian English, Ghanaian English, Nigerian English, and Cameroon English).
(http://www2.hu-berlin.de/angl/WAfr/wafr.html).

 

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Publications


MONOGRAPHS:

(1994). A Folk Model of the 'Internal Self' in Light of the Contemporary View of Metaphor - the Self as Subject and Object. European University Studies, Series XIV Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature, vol. 284. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(2001). English in Cameroon. Contributions to the Sociology of Language 85. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (Reviewed in LinguistList, Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Linguistics, English World-Wide, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Journal of Pidgins and Creole Studies, The Year's Work in English Studies).

(2009). With Polzenhagen, Frank. World Englishes: A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach. Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 8. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Under review
with Cummings, Patrick. A Glossary of Hong Kong English. The University of Hong Kong Press.

 

EDITED WORKS:

(2003). With Peter Lucko & Lothar Peter (eds.). Studies in African Varieties of English. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang. (Reviewed in English World-Wide, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development,The Year's Work in English Studies, Orientalistische Literaturzeitung)

(2006-2007). Cognitive Linguistics Bibliography (CogBib). CD-Rom and electronic publication. Main editor of editorial team (Rene Dirven, Ron Chen, Ning Yu and Birgit Smieja). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2008). With Christopher Hutton (eds). Special issue: The History of Linguistics. Language Sciences, 30(5).

(2008). With Frank Polzenhagen and Lothar Peter (eds.). Focus on English: Language Structure and Language Variation. Studies in Honour of Peter Lucko. Leipziger Universitatsverlag.

 

ARTICLES:

(1996). "A folk model of the 'internal self' in light of the contemporary view of metaphor. The self as subject and object." In Weinstock, Horst (ed.). English and American Studies in German 1995. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia, 19-22. Tubingen: Max Niemeyer.

(1997). "Transcendence of ethnic boundaries: The case of the Anglophones in Cameroon." Journal of Sociolinguistics 1(3): 419-426.

(1999). "The impact of British colonial policy on the forms and functions of English in Cameroon." In Carls, Uwe & Lucko, Peter (eds.). Form, Function and Variation in English: Studies in Honour of Klaus Hansen, 219-233. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(1999). "From mother tongue to second language: the cultural model of 'community' in African English." La Langue Maternelle. Cahiers Charles V, 27: 75-91.

(1999). With Simo Bobda, Augustin & Peter, Lothar. "Identifying regional and national origin of English-speaking Africans seeking asylum in Germany." Forensic Linguistics 6(2): 302-321.

(2000). With Liao, Chao-chih. "E-mail discourse structure and cross-cultural understanding between Taiwan and Germany." Studies in English Language and Literature. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 7: 19-27.

(2000). With Simo Bobda, Augustin. "The use of an indigenous cultural model in English language instruction in Cameroon." LAUD Linguistic Agency. Series A: General & Theoretical Papers, No. 514.

(2001). With Simo Bobda, Augustin. "The African cultural model of community in English language instruction in Cameroon: The need for more systematicity." In Pütz, Martin; Niemeier, Susanne & Dirven, René (eds.). Applied Cognitive Linguistics II: Language Pedagogy, 225-229. Cognitive Linguistics Research 19.2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2001). With Peter, Lothar. "Aku in The Gambia: Terminological problems, functional distribution and popular attitude." In Igboanusi, Herbert (ed.). Language Attitudes and Language Conflicts in West Africa, 96-104. Ibadan, Nigeria.

(2002). With Polzenhagen, Frank. "Conceptual metaphor as ideological stylistic means: An exemplary analysis." LAUD Linguistic Agency. Series A: General & Theoretical Papers, No. 549.

(2003). "The contextualization of common core terms in West African English: Evidence from computer corpora." In Lucko, Peter; Peter, Lothar; & Wolf, Hans-Georg (eds.). Studies in African Varieties of English, 3-20. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(2003). With Peter, Lothar. "Aku in The Gambia: Terminological problems, functional distribution and popular attitude." (technically revised and expanded version). In Lucko, Peter; Peter, Lothar; & Wolf, Hans-Georg (eds.). Studies in African Varieties of English, 119-127. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(2003). With Igboanusi, Herbert. "A preliminary comparison of lexical items in Nigerian English and Cameroon English." In Lucko, Peter; Peter, Lothar; & Wolf, Hans-Georg (eds.). Studies in African Varieties of English, 69-81. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(2003). With Simo Bobda, Augustin. "Pidgin English in Cameroon in the new millennium." In Lucko, Peter; Peter, Lothar; & Wolf, Hans-Georg (eds.). Studies in African Varieties of English 101-117. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(2003). With Polzenhagen, Frank. "Conceptual metaphor as ideological stylistic means: An exemplary analysis." In Dirven, Rene; Frank, Roslyn S.; & Putz, Martin (eds). Cognitive Models in Language and Thought: Ideologies, Metaphors, and Meanings, 245-274. Cognitive Linguistics Research 21. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2003). With Peter, Lothar & Simo Bobda, Augustin. "An account of distinctive phonetic and lexical features of Gambian English." English World-Wide 24(1): 43-61.

(2004). With Igboanusi, Herbert. "Empowerment through English - a realistic view of the educational promotion of English in post-colonial contexts: The case of Nigeria." LAUD Linguistic Agency. Series A: General & Theoretical Papers, No. 597.

(2004). "Cultural approaches to second language varieties of English: A call for new methodologies and a review of some findings on (West) African English." In Schroder, Anne (ed.). Crossing Borders: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Africa, 133-149. Berlin: LIT Verlag.

(2006). With Polzenhagen, Frank. "Intercultural communication in English - a cognitive linguistic focus on neglected issues." LAUD Linguistic Agency. Series A: General & Theoretical Papers, No. 683: 1-26.

(2006). With Igboanusi, Herbert. "Empowerment through English - a realistic view of the educational promotion of English in post-colonial contexts: The case of Nigeria." In Putz, Martin; Fishman, Joshua A.; & Neff - van Aertselaer, JoAnne (eds.). Along the Routes to Power: Explorations of the Empowerment through Language, 331-356. Contributions to the Sociology of Language 92. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2006) "Religion and traditional beliefs in West African English: A linguistic analysis." In Omoniyi, Tope & Fishman, Joshua A. (eds.). Readings in the Sociology of Language and Religion, 42-59. Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 20. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

(2006). With Polzenhagen, Frank. "Intercultural communication in English - Arguments for a cognitive approach to intercultural pragmatics." Intercultural Pragmatics 3(3): 285-321.

(2007). With Peter, Lothar. "A comparison of the varieties of West African Pidgin English." World Englishes 26(1): 3-21.

(2007). With Polzenhagen, Frank. "Fixed expressions as manifestations of cultural conceptualizations: Examples from African varieties of English." In Skandera, Paul (ed.). Phraseology and Culture in English, 399-435. Topics in English Linguistics 54. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2007). With Polzenhagen, Frank. "Culture-specific conceptualisations of corruption in African English: Linguistic analyses and pragmatic applications." In Sharifian, Farzad & Palmer, Gary (eds.). Applied Cultural Linguistics, 125-168. Converging Evidence in Communication and Language Research 7. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

(2007) With Dirven, René& Polzenhagen, Frank. "Cultural studies." In Geeraerts, Dirk & Cuyckens, Hubert (eds.). Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 1203-1221. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2007) With Dirven, René& Polzenhagen, Frank. "Cognitive linguistics, ideology, and discourse analysis." In Geeraerts, Dirk & Cuyckens, Hubert (eds.). Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 1222-1240. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2008) With Xia, Xiaoyan. "Basic level salience in second language acquisition: A study of English vocabulary learning by Chinese adults." In: 33rd International LAUD Symposium. Cognitive Approaches to Second/Foreign Language Processing: Theory and Pedagogy. Essen, LAUD Linguistic Agency, Series A: 963-995.

(2008). With Peter, Lothar. "Compiling an exclusive dictionary of West African English: A report on work in progress." In Simo Bobda, Augustin (ed.). Explorations into Language Use in Africa, 221-234. Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture 70. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.

(2008). "British and French language and educational policies in the Mandate and Trusteeship Territories." In Hutton, Christopher, & Wolf, Hans-Georg (eds.). Special issue: The History of Linguistics. Language Sciences, 30(5): 553-574.

(2008). "A cognitive linguistic approach to the cultures of World Englishes: The emergence of a new model." In Kristiansen, Gitte & Dirven, Reneé (eds.). Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems. Berlin:Mouton de Gruyter.

(2008). With Juffermans, Kasper. "Conceptions of globalization in African and Western newspaper corpora." In Wolf, Hans-Georg; Peter, Lothar; and Polzenhagen, Frank (eds.). Focus on English: Language Structure and Language Variation. Studies in Honour of Peter Lucko. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.

 

Forthcoming:

"The cognitive sociolinguistic approach to Cameroon English and other World Englishes: A lexicological application." In Anchimbe, Eric A. (ed.). Approaches to Cameroon English: Features, Structure, and New Perspectives. Varieties of English Around the World. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

"East and West African Englishes: Differences and commonalities." In Kirkpatrick, Andy (ed.). The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. London: Routledge.

With Xia, xiaoyan. "Basic-level salience in second language acquisition: A study of English vocabulary learning and use by Chinese adults." In De Knop, Sabine; Boers, Frank; and De Rycker, Teun (eds.). Fostering Language Teaching Efficiency through Cognitive Linguistics. Applications of Cognitive Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

With Ding, Yan and Noël, Dirk. "Patterns in metaphor translation." In Xiao, Richard (ed.). Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

 

BOOK REVIEW:

(2005). Review of The Sociolinguistics of Borderlands: Two Nations, one Community. T. Omoniyi, Trenton, NJ. Africa World Press. Current Issues in Language Planning 6(1): 80-83.

 

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CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS (selection)


A metaphoric folk model of consciousness." Language and consciousness. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Varna, Bulgaria, September 12-15, 1995.

"Transcendence of ethnic boundaries: Second language as a cause of unity - the case of the Anglophones in Cameroon." The Linguistic Construction of Social and Personal Identity, Research Committee on Sociolinguistics - RC 25. Evora, Portugal, March 25-29, 1996.

"Report on work in progress (English in Cameroon)," at the English department of University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany, January 14, 1997.

"From mother tongue to second language: The cultural model of community in African English." La Langue Maternelle. University of Paris 7, France, March 19-20, 1999.

"The concept of the 'Afro-German'." Panel Discussion. W.E.B. Du Bois Week. American Studies. Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, June 3, 1999.

With Lothar Peter: "English in West Africa." Afrika- und Asienkolloquium 'Transkulturalitat.' Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin, in cooperation with the Modern Orient Center, Berlin, Germany, January 12, 2000.

With Augustin Simo Bobda: "The use of an indigenous cultural model in English language instruction in Cameroon." 28th International LAUD Symposium. 'Ten Years After': Cognitive Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition, Language Pedagogy, and Linguistic Theory. University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany, March 27-30, 2000.

"Ein metaphorisches Modell des Bewußtseins - eine Systematisierung." Public presentation as requirement for the Habilitation. Philosophical Faculty II, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, December 6, 2000.

"The contextualization of common core terms in varieties of West African English." GNEL/MAVEN, The Cultural Politics of English as a World Language. University of Freiburg, Germany, June 6-9, 2001.

With Polzenhagen, Frank: "Conceptual metaphor as ideological stylistic means: An exemplary analysis." 29th International LAUD Symposium. The Language of Politico-Social Ideologies. University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany, March 25-28, 2002.

"Religion and traditional belief in (West) African English." (Lead paper). Sociology of Language & Religion International Colloquium. University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK, June 20-22, 2002.

With Polzenhagen, Frank: "A cognitive linguistic account of socio-cultural concepts: Expressions of witchcraft, magical leadership, and corruption in African varieties of English." 35th SLE Meeting. Rethinking Language and Mind. University of Potsdam, Germany, July 22-25, 2002.

"A cognitive and corpus linguistic account of socio-cultural concepts: Expressions of magical leadership, witchcraft, and corruption in African varieties of English." (Expanded version). The University of Hong Kong, Department of English, Seminar Series, April 3, 2003.

With Polzenhagen, Frank: "Pragmatic consequences of socio-cultural differences in the conceptualization of the family domain in African English and native varieties of English." 8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Cognitive Linguistics, Functionalism, Discourse Studies: Common Ground and New Directions. La Rioja, Spain, July 20-25, 2003.

With Herbert Igboanusi: "Empowerment through English - a realistic view of the educational promotion of English in post-colonial contexts: the example of Nigeria." 30th International LAUD Symposium. Empowerment through Language. University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany, April 19-22, 2004.

"A cultural linguistic approach to World Englishes: The emergence of a new paradigm." 2004 ELLAK (English Language and Literature Association of Korea) Conference. Seoul, Korea, June 15-19, 2004.

"Initial findings on similarities in linguistic realizations of the family domain in African English and Chinese English". 2nd Roundtable Discussion on African Studies, The University of Hong Kong, 25. Mai 2005.

With Bolton, Kingsley: "Exploring the cultures of Asian Englishes: Evidence from corpus linguistics." Annual Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE). The Multiple Expressions of World Englishes. Purdue, USA, July 21-23, 2005.

"British Educational and Linguistic Policy in the Mandate and Trusteeship Territories." First East Asian SGdS (Studienkreis Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft)-Colloquium on the History of Linguistics. The University of Hong Kong, October 28-30, 2005.

With Polzenhagen, Frank: "Intercultural communication in English - A cognitive linguistic focus on neglected issues." 31st International LAUD Symposium. Intercultural Pragmatics. University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany, March 27-30, 2006.

"Reflections on Intercultural Pragmatics." University of Hong Kong, School of English. January 1, 2007.

With Xia Xiaoyan: "Basic-level salience in second language acquisition: A study of English vocabulary learning by Chinese adults." 32nd International LAUD Symposium. Cognitive Approaches to Second/Foreign Language Processing: Theory and Pedagogy. University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany, March 10-13, 2008.

With Ding Yan and Noel, Dirk: "Lost in metaphor and metonymy translation? A corpus-based study of the translation of metaphors and metonymies of FEAR between English and Chinese." Seventh International Conference on Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM7), University of Extremadura, Spain, May 29-31, 2008.

"Cultural models of religious belief systems in L2 varieties of English." Poznan Linguistic Meeting, Gniezno, Poland, September 11-14, 2008.

With Ding Yan and Noel, Dirk: "Patterns in metaphor translation: a corpus-based case study of the translation of FEAR metaphors between English and Chinese." International Symposium on Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies (UCCTS), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, September 25-27, 2008.

 

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