ERIC Number: EJ1034888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
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English as a Global Lingua Franca: A Threat to Multilingual Communication and Translation?
Language Teaching, v47 n3 p363-376 Jul 2014
In this paper I will look at the controversy surrounding the current status of English in the world. I will consider the question of whether the dominant role of English as a lingua franca (ELF) is a menace to other languages, to multilingual communication and to the profession of translation and interpreting, or whether a positive evaluation of the omnipresence of English as a default means of communication can be justified. I will argue for a compromise position: neither demonizing global English nor welcoming it uncritically. I will support this stance from different perspectives, drawing on my own work on ELF and translation.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Official Languages, Language Role, Translation, Language Attitudes
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