La plateforme de recherche sur Bruxelles

La plateforme de recherche sur Bruxelles

La plateforme de recherche sur Bruxelles

La plateforme de recherche sur Bruxelles

La plateforme de recherche sur Bruxelles



30.05. Research day: English spoken: The position of English in Brussels

With the support of SESLA (Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles), CLaRA (Aston University), BRIO, Brussels Studies Institute.


Located in a Germanic dialectal area as attested by all historical toponyms, Brussels has known over the centuries an increasing influence of French that culminated in the 19th century when French became de facto the language of the newly funded Belgian state. That state of affairs discriminated against speakers of Dutch dialects, which led to claims for linguistic equality that is still being pursued through the reforms of the Belgian State. Since 1989, Brussels is officially bilingual (French-Dutch). However this status does not reflect the linguistic diversity of the capital city where over 100 languages are spoken according to the latest “Taalbarometer” (Janssens 2013) nor the influence of English that is the second best known language after French.


The presence of English as a world language is well documented in metropolises but it may have found in Brussels a very fertile ground due to the presence of EU- and international institutions but also due to its increasing instrumental value as a lingua franca between French- and Dutch-speaking Belgians.


Organisers: Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston University, Birmingham, UK) and Rudi Janssens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B)




9.45-10.00:               Enrolment / coffee

10.00-10.15:             Welcome

10.15-10.45:             Janssens (VUB): General introduction

10.45-11.15:             Aylott (Aston U): English : Third unofficial language in Brussels

11.15-11.45:             Blondeau (U. Florida) and Labeau (Aston U.): Evolution of the status and corpus of English 1989-2010s

11.45-12.15:              Piccirilli (U. Florida): Language attitudes towards the presence of English in Brussels, Belgium

12.15 -13.30:            Lunch

13.30-14.00:             Vandenbroucke (Gent): Socio-economic stratification of English in globalized landscapes: a market-oriented perspective

14.00-14.30:             De Cock (UCL-Louvain): Students' use of English during internships in the Brussels area

14.30-15.00:             Cox (VUB: English as a lingua franca in the emergency department

15.00-15.30:             Coffee break

15.30-16.30:             Roundtable : English in Brussels, research avenues


Registration is free: click here.


Date and Time: Tue 30 May 2017 - 10:00 – 18:00 CEST

Location: Saint-Louis University Of Brussels (43 Boulevard du Jardin Botanique - P61 - 1000 Bruxelles)

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ULB CP 129/04 Avenue Depage 1
Av. F.D. Roosevelt 50 B-1000 Brussels
B-1050 Brussels