BELF e-mail communication: A study on misunderstandings and strategies in BELF e-mails
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
In the globalized and technologized world of today, business English as a lingua franca (BELF) is used by business professionals on a daily basis, not least through text-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) such as e-mailing. With data consisting of a bulk of e-mails and a survey conducted among seven business professionals, whom are all non-native speakers of English, the present study explores misunderstandings and strategies in BELF-emails with particular focus on the users subjective perceptions. Spoken BELF has been investigated thoroughly; however, the written equivalent has not been recognized as much and research based on users’ perceptions is rare. Drawing on the concept of strategic competence and with the survey answers as a basis, the e-mails were analysed. The results show that while the users miss some features characteristic of face-to-face interaction, their perceived benefits of BELF e-mailing are many and misunderstandings rarely occur. Moreover, it is shown that strategic competence is essential for reaching effective communication in BELF-emailing.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 22 p.
BELF, ELF, Computer Mediated Communication, E-mails, Strategic competence, Communicative competence.
Humanities Specific Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104731OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-104731DiVA: diva2:725588