1st Edition

Communicating Strategically in English as a Lingua Franca
A Corpus Driven Investigation

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ISBN 9780367405748
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

There have been noticeable demographic changes made in the use of English around the world recently. English as a medium of communication is now the contact language of native speakers from many diverse speech communities who interact with each other in multilingual contexts. The use of English as a lingua franca (ELF) and its implications has become a hot topic in Applied Linguistics and English Studies.

Communicating Strategically in English as a Lingua Franca reflects the growing interest in achieving communicative effectiveness in ELF situations and provides a comprehensive account of recent empirical findings in the field of English as a lingua franca (ELF). It analyzes and interprets the authors own large corpus of naturally occurring spoken interactions and focuses on identifying innovative employments in the communicative strategies and pragmatics of speakers involved in ELF interactions.

In doing so, it makes a considerable contribution to the growing field of empirical studies in ELF. This book explores the usage of pragmatic strategies and highlights their significant role in communicative effectiveness in ELF interactions. In showing the processes of classifying communication strategies involved in the identification of newly observed communication strategies, this book will be of great interest to English linguists applied linguists, graduate and undergraduate students of English, ELT material developer and teachers of English.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 The spread of English in a global world

Chapter 2 English as a global language

Chapter 3 The usage of communication strategies

Chapter 4 Investigating ELF interaction

Chapter 5 Identifying and categorizing communication strategies in ELF

Chapter 6 Achieving mutual understanding in ELF: focus on communication strategies

Chapter 7 Affecting the choice of CSs: A focus on contextual factors

Chapter 8 The theoretical and practical implications of ELF

Chapter 9 Concluding remarks



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Janin Jafari holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Monash University, Australia. She has held different roles within the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and continues to teach ELICOS and ALSU courses at Chisholm Institute. Her research interests concern English as a lingua franca, communication strategies, intercultural communication, and cultural linguistics.