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English as the lingua franca of engineering: the morphosyntax of academic speech events
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Language and Communication.
2008 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 7, no 3, 103-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

English today is frequently used as an international means of communication among its non-native speakers from different L1 backgrounds. Research on English as a lingua franca (ELF) has already revealed commonalities and common processes from a variety of settings. It is important that research continues and that lingua franca usage in different environments is described to find ways to optimize communication. This paper will focus on the morphosyntax of spoken ELF, reporting the results of a study that investigates spoken lingua franca English in tertiary education (engineering) in Sweden, where English is increasingly becoming the language of instruction. The morphosyntax of non-native-like usage is investigated in dialogic and monologic speech events. Cases of non-native-like usage are grouped as ‘disturbing’, i.e. causing comprehension problems and ‘non-disturbing’, i.e. causing no comprehension problems. Findings from this corpus-based study show that the most consistent idiosyncrasies in lingua franca usage in this setting are observed in redundant features of the language and that there is very little disturbance, i.e. breakdown in communication. Engineers seem to opt for function and reciprocal intelligibility over redundant features of the language and accuracy when they speak English in academic contexts.

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2008. Vol. 7, no 3, 103-122 p.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-51780OAI: diva2:465075
tmh_import_11_12_14. QC 20111222Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2011-12-22Bibliographically approved

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