Journal of English as a Lingua Franca
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The unprecedented use of English as an international lingua franca, as both consequence and driving force of globalization, has led to the realization that conventional attitudes to English and approaches to its study need to be critically examined. This has resulted in a very considerable and fast-growing field of research that is concerned both with the sociolinguistic significance of English as lingua franca (ELF) as a naturally adaptive linguistic development and with its theoretical as well as applied linguistic implications, the latter particularly in the areas of language policy and education. Moreover, ELF has become recognized as an important issue in a number of other domains of activity including international business negotiation, conflict resolution, tourism, globalization and migration studies, etc. ELF therefore figures in a fast-rising number of university courses, either as a degree course on World Englishes or as ELF in itself, or as a module within courses, and with a significant number of PhD projects under way at universities all around the world.
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