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Media: English lingua franca and English Identity

Submitter: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Submitter Email: ellmcf@nus.edu.sg
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Media Body: An interesting article on the BBC about who speaks English to whom, when,
where and why, and what this means for those who only speak English. It's at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4978074.stm

Enjoy!

Madalena
Issue Number: 17.1426
Date Posted: May 08, 2006

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