Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts: Conceptualisation, research and pedagogic implications, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts

Conceptualisation, research and pedagogic implications, 1st Edition

Edited by Kumiko Murata


262 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the theoretical, empirical and pedagogical issues to help us better understand what is happening with English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) communication and to activate this knowledge in respective communicative contexts. It focuses specifically on Japanese contexts and also includes theoretical and practical sections pertinent to all ELF researchers, practitioners and students, irrespective of their national or regional differences. It further attempts to connect this new field of research to established fields of linguistics and applied linguistics such as communication, assessment and multilingualism by exploring them from an ELF perspective, which is challenging but essential for the development of the field. Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts: Conceptualisation, research and pedagogic implications includes chapters about:

  • English in a Global Context
  • Own-language use in academic discourse
  • English as a lingua franca in international business contexts
  • A linguistic soundscape/landscape analysis of ELF information provision in public transport in Tokyo
  • Using pragmatic strategies for effective ELF communication: Relevance to classroom practice

This book will be of interest to scholars and post-graduate students working in the fields of Applied Linguistics/TESOL. It will also engage researchers studying the growing influence of English around the world.


ELF is a growing field of study and researchers, students and educators will find this a useful reference book. The editor has assembled an impressive collection of contributors and has also divided the book into a well-ordered sequence of topics. The coverage of ELF in both Japanese academic and business contexts is impressive and the focus on the conceptualisation of ELF at the start of the book will help those with no prior knowledge of the field. - Dr Nicola Galloway, The University of Edinburgh

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction: Researching ELF in academic and business contexts Kumiko Murata Part 1: Conceptualizing ELF 2. ELF: English in a global context Barbara Seidlhofer 3. English as a Global Lingua Franca: Changing language in changing global academia Anna Mauranen 4. The Unmarking Trend in Language Changes and its Implications for English as a Lingua Franca Yasukata Yano Part 2: ELF and its Research in Academic Contexts 5. Own-language Use in Academic Discourse in English as Lingua Franca Juliane House 6. The Use of Unmitigated Disagreement in ELF Casual Conversation: Ensuring mutual understanding by providing correct information Mayu Konakahara 7. Analyzing Interruption Sequences in ELF Discussions Keiko Tsuchiya 8. Dynamics of ELF Communication in an English-medium Academic Context in Japan: From EFL learners to ELF users Masakazu Iino and Kumiko Murata Part 3: ELF from Business and Wider Research Perspectives 9. English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in International Business Contexts: Key issues and future perspectives Susanne Ehrenreich 10. ‘Language is only a tool’: Japanese expatriates working in China and implications for language teaching Ryuko Kubota 11. English Language Skills that Companies Need: Responses from a large-scale survey Hajime Terauchi and Tamao Araki 12. Attention please!: A linguistic soundscape/landscape analysis of ELF information provision in public transport in Tokyo Peter Backhaus Part 4: Competence and Capability: Rethinking the English subject H. G. Widdowson 14. Large-scale Assessments of English for Academic Purposes from the Perspective of English as a Lingua Franca Yasuyo Sawaki 15. Using Pragmatic Strategies for Effective ELF Communication: The relevance classroom practice Jagdish Kaur

About the Editor

Kumiko Murata is Professor at the School of Education and the Graduate School of Education, Waseda University, Japan.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics