Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Few people would deny that English has become the lingua franca of Europe, ‘ELF’, the default contact code when Europeans meet in an international setting, whether the context is business, sport, or academia (to name just a few). But what are the dynamics of these interactions, and are they somehow different from ELF anywhere else? Is there such a thing as ELF in Europe?
In this presentation I shall briefly consider what the term ELF has come to signify, by referring to some of the most salient features in ELF interaction, and the strategies brought to bear by participants to co-construct meaning.
I shall then go on to look at the European context, focusing in particular on the use of English in academic environments and in European institutions. After briefly considering the findings from two quite different investigations into the nature of ‘Euro English’ (if such a thing exists), both of which base their observations on the use of English in institutions of the European Union, I shall conclude with a glance at possible future scenarios for English in post-Brexit Europe.
Dr. David Newbold
(Ca‘ Foscari University Venice)
Alexander Onysko (alexander [dot] onysko [at] aau [dot] at)