Review. Understanding English as a Lingua Franca, Barbara Seidlhofer
International Journal of Applied Linguistics
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Barbara Seidlhofer was recently described at the 4th International ELF
(English as a lingua Franca) conference as one of the ‘founding mothers’
of ELF studies. Her seminal 2001 paper on ELF, along with a small number
of other studies (e.g. Jenkins 2000), set the foundation for much subsequent
work in the field. In particular this paper drew attention to the conceptual gap
between applied linguistics research on the English language, which focused
on a narrow range of varieties of ‘native speaker’ English, and the ‘reality’ of
English as it is used by the majority of its ‘non-native speakers’. Therefore, her
first monograph on the subject has been much anticipated.
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