English as a Lingua Franca: form follows function

Cogo, Alessia (2008) English as a Lingua Franca: form follows function. English Today, 24, (3), 58-61. (doi:10.1017/S0266078408000308).


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In this paper I wish to respond to the article published in ET94 by Saraceni while at the same time providing some clarifications concerning the concept of English as a Lingua Franca (henceforth ELF). In his article Saraceni raises three main questions (and a number of related debatable comments which I will quickly deal with in my final remarks) regarding: 1) the nature of ELF and its speakers, 2) the relationship between ELF and the World Englishes (henceforth WE) paradigm, and 3) the distinction between form and function. I will address each of these questions, and in so doing consider a number of notions concerning the ELF research field.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0266078408000308
ISSNs: 0266-0784 (print)
1474-0567 (electronic)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 171815
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2008Published
Date Deposited: 23 May 2011 13:33
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:32
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/171815

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