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Professor Margie Berns

Education: PhD in Linguistics

Affiliation: Purdue University, USA


Department of English

Purdue University

500 Oval Drive

West Lafayette, Indiana 47907


Phone: +1-765-494-3774






Margie Berns is Professor Emerita of English at Purdue University (Indiana, USA). Her research focus throughout her career was the sociolinguistics of English worldwide and the pedagogical implications of English for global communication. Areas of emphasis include the “Chinese-ness” of the English fiction of Ha Jin; the notions of “lingua franca” and “Lingua Franca English”; the role of English in the media lives of European youth. She served as an editor of the Encyclopedia of the English Linguistics (Elsevier) and of the Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Elsevier) as well as the journal World Englishes. Publications include Contexts of Competence: Social and Cultural Considerations in Communicative Language Teaching (Plenum Press) as well as articles and book reviews for various collections and journals. She taught and lectured internationally in Brazil, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia and elsewhere. Other service to the profession was as President of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) and of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).

Selected Publications

Berns, M. (2005). Expanding on the expanding circle: Where do WE go from here? World Englishes, 24(1), 85-93. DOI: 10.1111/j.0883-2919.2005.00389.x
Berns, M. (2007). English in Europe: Whose language, which culture? International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(1), 21-32. DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-4192.1995.tb00070.x
Berns, M. (2008). World Englishes, English as a lingua franca, and intelligibility. World Englishes, 27(3-4), 327-334. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-971X.2008.00571.x
Berns, M. (2009). English as lingua franca and English in Europe. World Englishes, 28(2), 192-199. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-971X.2009.01578.x