Language Regulation in English as a Lingua Franca: Focus on by Niina Hynninen

By Niina Hynninen

Language rules has usually been approached from a top-down coverage point of view, while this booklet examines regulatory practices hired by way of audio system in interplay. With its ethnographically trained concentrate on language law in educational English as a lingua franca (ELF), the e-book is a well timed contribution to debates approximately what counts as appropriate English in ELF contexts, who can act as language professional, and whilst rules is needed.

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This means that language policy may be discovered in an individual’s or a group’s linguistic behaviour, in their beliefs about language or “in the formal language management or planning decisions of an authorised body” (Spolsky 2004: 217). The distribution of different languages and language varieties as well as language choice are perhaps the most central aspects of research on language policy, but Spolsky (2004: 8) is careful in also including efforts to constrain “bad” and encourage “good” language in the definition.

Academic practices are also inherently international, and consequently less connected to a national basis. This implies that the dominance of ENL models can be expected to diminish (Mauranen 2012). Further considering that everyone is at first a novice in academic genres (Braine 2002; Mauranen 2006b, 2012; Zamel & Spack 1998), and that more and more scholars use English as their L2, rather than L1, it can similarly be expected that the importance of ENL norms for determining what counts as “good” academic English is reduced.

2010. “We try to to to speak all the time in easy sentences” – Student conceptions of ELF interaction. Helsinki English Studies 6. 29–43. [Special issue: English as a lingua franca, ed. by Anna Mauranen & Niina Hynninen]. fi/hes-eng/volumes/volume-6 (accessed 8 Feb 2016). Hynninen, Niina. 2011. The practice of “mediation” in English as a lingua franca interaction. Journal of Pragmatics 43(4). 965–977. [Special issue: English as a lingua franca, ed. ] Hynninen, Niina. 2012. ICL at the micro level: L2 speakers taking on the role of language experts.

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