1st Edition

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

By Janin Jafari Copyright 2021
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    There have been noticeable demographic changes recently in the use of English around the world. 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 ELF. It analyzes and interprets the author's 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, this book makes a considerable contribution to the growing field of empirical studies in ELF. It 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, English Language Teaching material developers and teachers of English.

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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




    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 she teaches Intercultural Communication at Monash University and ELICOS and ALSU courses at Chisholm Institute, Australia. Her research interests concern English as a lingua franca, communication strategies, intercultural communication, and cultural linguistics.