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ERIC Number: ED347795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 10
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Standards in World Englishes.
Smith, Larry E.
This paper notes that, although the use of English as the primary language of international or cross-cultural communications The discussion focuses on 20 comparisons made between the ethnic and cultural identity has led to a decrease in the number of countries where it is also considered a "national" language. Although the dominance of English in commercial, technical, scientific, and political spheres has led many countries to adopt the language as the means of wider communication with the world, its use in these contexts does not indicate a desire to imitate the culture, philosophy, or lifestyle of native-English speaking countries. It is argued that the use of English in these spheres should not be governed by the phonological, linguistic, or cultural "chauvinism" of native speakers, but that English standards for international or intercultural communications should be based on intelligibility, grammatical acceptability, and social appropriateness. Guidelines for the use of English in cross-cultural communications, both for speaking and listening, are also presented. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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