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Emerging ELF as an intercultural resource: language attitudes and ideologies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English. University of Tartu, Estonia.
2014 (English)In: Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, ISSN 2191-9216, E-ISSN 2191-933X, Vol. 3, no 2, 243-268 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the possibility of English becoming a lingua franca in Estonia. It builds on Laitin's (1996) observations regarding the fact that English would become the country's language of inter-group communication among Estonian and Russian speakers. By providing ethnographically collected data and discussing it from the paradigm of language ideologies, the present article clarifies some of Laitin's original observations. While it appears that English has not become a lingua franca in Estonia, this possibility works in given circumstances, even if just sporadically, in order to help solving possible communicative obstacles. It is therefore argued that ELF is actually an extra resource, a tool that speakers can make use of if needed.

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2014. Vol. 3, no 2, 243-268 p.
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ELF, English, Estonia, inter-ethnic contact, lingua franca, language ideologies
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117222DOI: 10.1515/jelf-2014-0016OAI: diva2:812064
Available from: 2015-05-15 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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