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English as an academic lingua franca

By Pamela Faber


In today’s world, the European Union is searching for a delicate balance between linguistic integration and diversity. Thanks to international knowledge transmission and exchange as well as co-operation and mobility beyond national boundaries, English has now become the preferred option for linguistic unity. It is a language that allows native speakers of different languages to communicate. However, the use of English as a lingua franca should not (and does not) threaten plurilingualism in Europe, as reflected in the many national languages in Europe and the relatively peaceful coexistence of national and minority languages in many European countries. In fact, English, as used for international communication purposes, complements and supplements national languages.This research has been carried out in project FFI2008-06080-C03-01/FILO, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

Topics: English language, International language, Communication, Lingua franca, Plurilingualism, Europe, Filología Inglesa
Publisher: 'Universidad de Alicante Servicio de Publicaciones'
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.14198/raei.2010.23.02
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