ISLE Summer School

ISLE Summer School 2017 – "Variation in World Englishes: advanced issues in theory and methodology"

ISLE Summer School 2017: ParticipantsBrief report

The 2017 ISLE Summer School took place in Regensburg from 4-7 October and was a great success that was well received by students, invited speakers and workshop leaders alike. There were 36 participants from all over the world, 1 opening lecture, 4 plenaries, 6 workshops, 24 project presentations, about 50 individual consultations and, of course, numerous discussions and networking opportunities over the breaks and our dinner. We have been quite impressed with the wealth of topics, methodological approaches, research questions and the top quality of the papers presented.


Since its inception in 2013, the ISLE Spring/Summer Schools have brought together (doctoral) students and early-career researchers from around the world to learn about the latest developments in the field of linguistics and provide a forum for strengthening their international networks. 

The 2017 Summer School of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) will take place in Regensburg from 4-7 October. The theme of this year's Summer School is "Variation in World Englishes: advanced issues in theory and methodology".

Plenary speakers

We are happy to announce that the following scholars have agreed to give plenary lecutures at the Summer School:ISLE 2017 Summer School Regensburg

Marianne Hundt (University of Zurich): Morpho-syntactic Variation in World Englishes – The Corpus-Based Approach
Lisa Lim (University of Hong Kong): Englishes in an age of reimagining: Perspectives from urban, online, multicultural Asia
Daniel Schreier (University of Zurich): Do dialects really change or speakers simply vary? Challenges for sociolinguistic fieldwork and interpretation
Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg): World Englishes as a scholarly discipline: Evolution and current challenges


In addition to the plenary lectures there will be five workshops focussing on theoretical and methodological developments in World Englishes.

Analysing World Englishes in Praat (Alexander Kautzsch, University of Regensburg)
Collecting and analysing diachronic data in World Englishes (Thorsten Brato, University of Regensburg)
Collecting field data in World Englishes (Sarah Buschfeld, University of Regensburg)
Corpus data: from compilation to statistical modelling (Sandra Götz/Tobias Bernaisch, University of Giessen)
Transcribing and annotating data in ELAN (Naomi Nagy, University of Toronto)

Further information

Local organising committee

Edgar Schneider (chair), Thorsten Brato, Sarah Buschfeld (co-chairs), Alexander Kautzsch, Theresa Neumaier, Florian Schleburg, Sonja-Schmidt-Zeidler, Lucia Siebers

Previous ISLE Summer/Spring Schools

ISLE Summer School 2016 – "Methods in English Linguistics"

The ISLE 2016 Summer School took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 13 to 16 June 2016.

ISLE 2016 Summer School website

ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School 2013 – "Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change"

The ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School 2013 took place in Freiburg, Germany from 15 to 19 April 2013.

ISLE 2013 Spring School website