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1 - The Nature of English as a Lingua Franca

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2019

Istvan Kecskes
Affiliation:
State University of New York, Albany
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First language is defined and ELF is related to the definition. Then the intracultural–intercultural continuum is explained. After that variables that affect movement on the continuum are discussed. These variables include proficiency, preferred ways of saying things and preferred ways of organizing thoughts, common ground, intersubjectivity and context-sensitivity.

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English as a Lingua Franca
The Pragmatic Perspective
, pp. 15 - 44
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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