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Analysing English as a Lingua Franc : A Corpus-driven Investigation - Alessia;Dewey,Martin Cogo

Analysing English as a Lingua Franc

A Corpus-driven Investigation

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Published: 15th March 2012
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This book details innovative developments in the pragmatics and lexicogrammar of speakers using English as a lingua franca. There have been considerable recent demographic shifts in the use of English worldwide. English is now undoubtedly(and particularly) an international lingua franca, a lingua mundi. The sociolinguistic reality of English language use worldwide, and its implications, continue to be hotly contested. Plenty of research has questioned, for example, the ownership of English, but less attention has been paid to the linguistic consequences of the escalating role English plays. This is one of the first books to provide a detailed and comprehensive account of recent empirical findings in the field of English as a lingua franca (ELF). Dewey and Cogo analyze and interpret their own large corpus of naturally occurring spoken interactions and focus on identifying innovative developments in the pragmatics and lexicogrammar of speakers engaged in ELF talk. Dewey and Cogo's work makes a substantial contribution to the emerging field of empirical ELF studies. As well as this practical focus, this book looks at both pragmatic and lexicogrammatical issues and highlights their interrelationship. In showcasing the underlying processes involved in the emergence of innovative patterns of language use, this book will be of great interest to advanced students and academics working in applied linguistics, ELF, sociolinguistics, and corpus linguistics.

Thisbook is a ground-breaking investigation into recent developments in the English language. Thedata underpinning the book has been rigorously collected and meticulouslyanalysed, and Cogo and Dewey's wealth of original examples of ELF lexicogrammarand pragmatics will provide an invaluable resource for students and researchersof ELF alike for years to come. Meanwhile, the authors' penetrating discussionsof the processes and motivations involved in ELF communication challenge tiredold equations of proficiency with nativeness, and cast important new light onwhat it means to be proficient in English in our increasingly globalized world.--, This book is a ground-breaking investigation into recent developments in the English language. The data underpinning the book has been rigorously collected and meticulously analysed, and Cogo and Dewey's wealth of original examples of ELF lexicogrammar and pragmatics will provide an invaluable resource for students and researchers of ELF alike for years to come. Meanwhile, the authors' penetrating discussions of the processes and motivations involved in ELF communication challenge tired old equations of proficiency with nativeness, and cast important new light on what it means to be proficient in English in our increasingly globalized world.--Sanford Lakoff

Introduction: objectives, scope, readership and organization of the book; 1. Researching English in the world; 2. Investigating lingua franca communication; 3. Successful interactional strategies; 4. Successful negotiation strategies; 5. Patterns of innovation in ELF lexicogrammar; 6. Underlying motives and processes of change in ELF; 7. Theoretical implications; 8. Conclusions and future directions; Bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9781441137258
ISBN-10: 1441137254
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 15th March 2012
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1