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ERIC Number: EJ803702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
The Role of English in Scientific Communication: "Lingua Franca" or "Tyrannosaurus Rex"?
Tardy, C.
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v3 n3 p247-269 Jul 2004
The use of English as an international language of science (EILS) is by now well documented; depending on one's orientation, English may be seen as a neutral "lingua franca" or it may be seen more insidiously as a dominating and overpowering force. This paper explores these co-existing roles of EILS through various perspectives. It begins by outlining conversations regarding EILS found in the literature of applied linguistics and the scientific community. The paper then turns to the perspective of international graduate students studying at an American university through a small-scale questionnaire and focus group interview study that attempts to understand these students' attitudes toward English and its role in scientific communication. Findings from the study are discussed in light of published conversations of EILS and implications for an EAP classroom that aims to recognize the dual roles of English in scientific communication. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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