1st Edition

ELF Research Methods and Approaches to Data and Analyses Theoretical and Methodological Underpinnings

Edited By Kumiko Murata Copyright 2020
    300 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book systematically explores and discusses English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) research methods frequently deployed by ELF researchers in analysing their data.

    It mainly covers three different approaches: corpus-based, both written and spoken, conversation analytic and narrative approaches. In addition to exploring these different approaches to ELF data, the volume also introduces case studies that utilise them in analysing data in both academic and workplace settings, which facilitates not only the understanding of the ways in which research is conducted but also its findings. Furthermore, the book discusses theoretical underpinnings of ELF research and its recent development in its first part. It is comprehensive both in understanding theory and exploring research methods which can be deployed in conducting ELF research.

    The book, therefore, will be of great interest and use for both ELF researchers and educators as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students who are about to embark on their ELF and ELF-related research, and also to those who are new to the field.

    1. ELF Research Methods and Different Approaches to Data and Analyses: Introduction

    Kumiko Murata

    Part 1: ELF Research: Some Theoretical Underpinnings and Development

    2. Research Perspectives on ELF: Linguistic Usage and Communicative Use

    Henry Widdowson

    3. Researching ELF Communication: Focus on High-stake Encounters

    Barbara Seidlhofer

    4. ELF and Translanguaging: Covert and Overt Resources in a Transnational Workplace

    Alessia Cogo

    Part 2: Spoken and Written Corpora in ELF Research

    5. Good Texts in Nonstandard English: ELF and Academic Writing

    Anna Mauranen

    6. Exploring Diachronic Changes in Research Articles from an ELF Perspective: A Small Corpus Study

    Sayoko Maswana

    7. Tracing the Emergence of Multilingual Practices in a BELF Meeting: Micro-diachronic Analysis and Implications of Corpus Design

    Marie-Luise Pitzl

    8. Asian Corpus of English (ACE): Features and Applications

    Lixun Wang

    9. Interpersonal Formulaic Sequences in ELF Academic Lectures: Methodological Challenges

    Ying Wang

    Part 3: Conversation Analytic Approaches to ELF Interactions

    10. Applying Conversation Analysis to ELF Interaction Data

    Jagdish Kaur

    11. Analysing Multilingual/Lingua Franca Interactions using Conversation Analysis: Notes on Transcription and Representability

    Kaisa Pietikäinen

    12. Accounting for Asymmetries in ELF Interactions: Three Disparate Asian Settings

    Alan Thompson

    Part 4: Narrative Approaches in ELF Research: Exploring Attitudes Towards ELF

    13. ‘Place-reflexivity’ as an Imaginary Kaleidoscope to Explore Methodological Issues in Elf Research

    Masuko Miyahara

    14. Understanding the ELF Phenomenon through Narrative Inquiry: A Diary Study on Identities of Japanese ELF Users

    Yoko Nogami

    15. Rigour in ELF Language Attitude Research: An Example of Conversational Interview Study

    Tomokazu Ishikawa


    Kumiko Murata is a retired professor, formerly with the School of Education and Graduate School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, Japan.