The Ambiguity of English as a Lingua Franca

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, World Englishes, ELF and African studies.

The Ambiguity of English as a Lingua Franca

Grounded in ethnography, this monograph explores the ambiguity of English as a lingua franca by focusing on identity politics of language and race in contemporary South Africa. The book adopts a multidisciplinary approach which highlights how ways of speaking English constructs identities in a multilingual context. Focusing primarily on isiZulu and Afrikaans speakers, it raises critical questions around power and ideology. The study draws from literature on English as a lingua franca, raciolinguistics, and the cultural politics of English and dialogues between these fields. It challenges long-held concepts underpinning existing research from the global North by highlighting how they do not transfer and apply to identity politics of language in South Africa. It sketches out how these struggles for belonging are reflected in marginalisation and empowerment and a vast range of local, global and glocal identity trajectories. Ultimately, it offers a first lens through which global scholarship on English as a lingua franca can be decolonised in terms of disciplinary limitations, geopolitical orientations and a focus on the politics of race that characterize the use of English as a lingua franca all over the world. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, World Englishes, ELF and African studies.

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The Ambiguity of English as a Lingua Franca
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Stephanie Rudwick
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-31 - Publisher: Routledge

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Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Ian Mackenzie
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-14 - Publisher: Routledge

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English as a Lingua Franca for EFL Contexts
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Dr. Nicos C. Sifakis, Natasha Tsantila
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-26 - Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Language: en
Pages: 301
Authors: Marie-Luise Pitzl
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-09 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

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English as a Lingua Franca
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Luke Prodromou
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-01-06 - Publisher: A&C Black

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