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English as a Lingua Franca: A New Variety in the New Expanding Circle?

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Sandra Mollin

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, DE
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Abstract

The traditional tripartite model of English world-wide has so far ignored one of the most important functions of English today, namely that of a lingua franca between non-native speakers. In integrating ELF into models such as Kachru’s, the question that arises is whether it can count as a variety. Evidence from a corpus-based study of lingua franca English as it is used between European speakers indicates that it is not a non-native variety in the traditional sense. It is suggested here that ELF could be conceptualised as a register, which can be integrated into the variety- and nation-based model only on a functional level.

Keywords: ELF
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35360/njes.11
How to Cite: Mollin, S., 2006. English as a Lingua Franca: A New Variety in the New Expanding Circle?. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 5(2), pp.41–57. DOI: http://doi.org/10.35360/njes.11
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Published on 01 Jul 2006.

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