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Title: Lingua Franca English
Subtitle: The Role of Simplification and Transfer
Written By: Yvonne Dröschel
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 119
Description:

Questions of how to access and analyze the use of English as a global
language are central to the study of the continuing spread of English as a
vehicle of cross-cultural communication. The present book explores the
relationship between the functions and forms of English as a Lingua Franca,
and introduces the concept of Lingua Franca English to deal with the
systematic differences between national native varieties of English and the
non-native varieties which have developed relatively recently. The
investigation of the sociolinguistic and linguistic processes involved in
the development of Lingua Franca English focuses on Switzerland, and is
carried out by means of a detailed comparative linguistic analysis of a
large amount of data obtained from written and spoken English produced by
Swiss speakers. The result is a detailed and critical description of
current issues affecting the study of English as an international language,
and a thorough investigation of the ongoing processes resulting from the
interaction of Swiss people with different language backgrounds in shaping
the nature of the English spoken in Switzerland. By examining the
characteristics of English as it is used in Switzerland, light is shed on
the diachronic problem of the focusing mechanisms involved in the growth of
non-native varieties of English and processes of second language
acquisition generally.

Contents: English as a Lingua Franca - Lingua Franca English - Global
English - International English - English in Switzerland - English in
Europe - Language Contact - Pidginization - Simplification - Transfer -
Second Language Acquisition - Focusing - Non-native Varieties - Contact
Varieties.

Yvonne Dröschel is a doctoral assistant at the University of Freiburg,
Switzerland. Before taking up her current position, she was a research and
teaching assistant with Professor Peter Trudgill and carried out research
for the Swiss National Science Foundation project Language Contact and
Focusing: The Linguistics of English in Switzerland. Her main interests lie
in the field of sociolinguistics and language acquisition, and her articles
include Queering language: a love that dare not speak its name comes out of
the closet.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034304320
Pages: 358
Prices: U.S. $ 63.95
U.K. £ 37.10
Europe EURO 41.20