The Role of Simplification and Transfer
Part IIIThe empirical analyses
149 Part III The Empirical Analyses 150 151 8. The SNSF Project Language Contact and Focusing: The Linguistics of English in Switzerland Since the present study is based on a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) the following will provide a detailed description of this project as well as of the data that was collected by the members of the research group and the methodology applied in the analyses (cf. also Rosenberger 2005). The SNSF project Language Contact and Focusing: The Lin- guistics of English in Switzerland, which concentrated on the actual use of English in Switzerland, was part of a wider research project on the status of English in Switzerland. It was preceded by a pilot re- search project called English in Switzerland which was organised by Prof. Dr. Peter Trudgill of the University of Fribourg and Prof. Dr. Richard J. Watts of the University of Berne. The project aimed to establish the uses of and attitudes towards English in Switzerland as well as the ways in which the relationship between the different lin- guistic groups in Switzerland might be affected by the use of English within the country. The pilot project addressed the following ques- tions (cf. ): • What kinds of contacts do Swiss people have with English? • Where do these contacts take place? • How frequent are these contacts? • With whom and for what purposes? • What attitudes towards English are prevalent in Switzerland? • Is English used as a lingua franca? The results of the project, which...
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