New Perspectives on English as a European Lingua Franca
This volume complements earlier work on English as a lingua franca (ELF) by providing an in-depth study of the phenomenon from a decidedly European perspective. Distancing itself from more traditional approaches to the study of English in Europe (linguistic imperialism and “Euro-English”), the study is theoretically grounded in more recent approaches, namely the ELF paradigm and the postmodernist conceptualisation of “English”. Methodologically speaking, the study analyses language use in Eurovision Song Contest press conferences as a community of practice of European salience. The ethnographically based analyses focus on various linguistic levels, thereby producing a comprehensive picture of European ELF as a discursive formation. Various qualitative and quantitative methods are used to shed light on the following aspects: code-choice practices in ELF talk, participants’ metalinguistic comments on the use of ELF, complimenting behaviour via ELF and relativisation patterns. On the basis of this data, the concluding section advances discussions revolving around the conceptualisation of ELF in general, the connection between ELF and Europeanness, and implications for European language policies.
[Not in series, 182] 2013. xi, 249 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–4
Chapter 2. Differing views on the status of English in Europe | pp. 5–34
Chapter 3. Methodological framework | pp. 35–46
Chapter 4. Code choice practices and European ELF talk | pp. 47–76
Chapter 5. Metalinguistic comments on the use of English | pp. 77–100
Chapter 6. Compliments in European ELF talk | pp. 101–144
Chapter 7. Relativisation patterns in European ELF talk | pp. 145–188
Chapter 8. Synthesis: The discursive formation of European ELF | pp. 189–210
Chapter 9. Appendix | pp. 211–224
References | pp. 225–242
Index | pp. 243–253
“By being the first to focus on pan-European media discourse this book forms a highly welcome extension to the currently vibrant research undertakings into English used as a lingua franca. Based on a truly innovative data set of Eurovision Song Contest press conferences, the cleverly selected (socio)linguistic case studies are greatly informative in themselves and, additionally, offer the emperical basis needed for the author's timely advancements in conceptualising English as a European lingua franca.”
Ute Smit, Vienna University, Austria
“This book brings us up to date with the key issues and approaches to English as a lingua franca in Europe. Giving insights into various aspects of ELF discourse in a truly European setting, it presents a fascinating study in applied linguistics not only in, but also for Europe.”
Antje Wilton, Siegen University, Germany
“The thorough discussion of conceptual frameworks involved in ELF sociolinguistic research, as well as of the European scene, makes the volume a valuable tool for researchers interested in the investigation of ELF within a post-modern analytical framework. The volume certainly represents a welcome addition to ELF research literature, not only since it well portrays and discusses the complex nature of ELF interactions (although at times literature on ELF could have included more up-to-date studies, e.g. on pragmatics), but also because the dataset and findings nicely complement those of other ELF corpora.”
Paola Vettorel, University of Verona, in Iperstoria – Testi Letterature Linguaggi 4, October 2014
“This is a well-written, well-informed and stimulating volume. It is also innovative in assembling a rich body of data of ELF talk in a media context and in exploring these data at a variety of levels. Consequently, it is likely to be a rewarding read, particularly for those interested in media discourse or ELF.”
Gibson Ferguson, University of Sheffield, in Discourse and Society 28(2): 235-237, 2016.
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BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General