|Title:||Journal of English as a Lingua Franca|
|Publisher:||De Gruyter Mouton|
|Description:||Editor: Barbara Seidlhofer
The unprecedented use of English as an international lingua franca, as both consequence and driving force of globalization, has led to the realization that conventional attitudes to English and approaches to its study need to be critically examined. This has resulted in a very considerable and fast-growing field of research that is concerned both with the sociolinguistic significance of English as lingua franca (ELF) as a naturally adaptive linguistic development and with its theoretical as well as applied linguistic implications, the latter particularly in the areas of language policy and education.
Moreover, ELF has become recognized as an important issue in a number of other domains of activity including international business negotiation, conflict resolution, tourism, globalization and migration studies, etc. ELF therefore figures in a fast-rising number of university courses, either as a degree course on World Englishes or as ELF in itself, or as a module within courses, and with a significant number of PhD projects under way at universities all around the world.
The extent of this research and the interest it has inspired have resulted in a regular series of specialised international conferences. The number of papers on ELF and related issues has been rising steadily in recent years, but articles have appeared scattered over a wide range of journals. Work on ELF has clearly reached the point where it needs its own forum so that it can develop more effectively and the research community has a focussed journal as a first port of call for cutting edge work in the field.
JELF provides a forum for scholars working in this area and a central place of reference for the increasing number of students and teachers of linguistics and applied linguistics who have become aware of its importance. The editors aim to represent not only the views of established scholars but also those of more junior researchers and to encourage not only the clear statement of views but critical debate, since the global role of English is a controversial subject and research in ELF brings with it an awareness of the need for innovative thinking.