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English as a lingua franca; studies and findings.


English as a lingua franca; studies and findings.

Ed. by Anna Mauranen and Elina Ranta.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing


385 pages




English as a lingua franca (ELF) is a controversial topic in the field of applied linguistics and English studies. This book collects international empirical research on ELF, from a conference held at the University of Helsinki. Focus is on empirical research, and therefore the book does not address pedagogical issues and ideological controversies surrounding ELF and the teaching of English. Some general issues discussed include ELF speakers' perceptions of their accents, syntactic features in spoken ELF, and formal versus functional perspectives of ELF. A section on contexts of use looks at ELF in academic, professional, and business contexts. The next section covers features of ELF in interactive discourse. Each paper in this section is based on a sample of authentic transcribed recordings of ELF speech. The book will be of interest to ELF researchers, linguists, educational and language planners, and teachers of English. Mauranen directs the English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings (ELFA) project at the University of Helsinki. Ranta is affiliated with the University of Tampere.

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