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Title: English as a Lingua Franca: Form follows function
Author: Alessia Cogo
Institution: University of Southampton
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: In this paper I wish to respond to the article published in 94 by Saraceni while at the same time providing some clarifications concerning the concept of English as a Lingua Franca (henceforth ELF). In his article Saraceni raises three main questions (and a number of related debatable comments which I will quickly deal with in my final remarks) regarding: 1) the nature of ELF and its speakers, 2) the relationship between ELF and the World Englishes (henceforth WE) paradigm, and 3) the distinction between form and function. I will address each of these questions, and in so doing consider a number of notions concerning the ELF research field.

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This article appears IN English Today Vol. 24, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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