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The Impact of English as a Global Lingua Franca on Intercultural Communication

  • Juliane HOUSE
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Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 24)

Abstract

This chapter first examines the concept “lingua franca”, moving from an historical overview to the present status of English as a lingua franca (ELF). English as a lingua franca is today used in many domains across many different ethnic groups, nation states and regions, and it is steadily becoming more important as a default language in many parts of Asia. As a lingua franca, English is also the first truly global language in history. And it is this unrivalled position of English today which has thrown up massive criticism – criticism directed at the assumption of the cultural neutrality of English as a lingua franca, at the elitist nature of English in many parts of the world, and at its potential for harming local languages in Asia. These points of criticism will be examined in the chapter from a socio-cultural and economic perspective.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied LinguisticsUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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