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Global Interactions in English as a Lingua Franca

How written communication is changing under the influence of electronic media and new contexts of use

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Franca Poppi

This volume investigates the changes undergone by written communication in our globalized world as English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). The latter usually functions as a language for communication purposes, but also becomes a language for identification purposes. The study takes into account different web-genres: from the replication of existing genres in other media to cybergenres, whose key evolutionary force is the progressive exploitation of the new functionalities afforded by the new medium. The variety of the contexts of use has made it possible to consider different ELF-using communities of practice, whose members adopt ELF and adapt it to express individual, national and professional identities in international interactions. The analysis focuses on lexicogrammatical innovations, which inevitably change in accordance with the different contexts of use, as well as on the communicative strategies underpinning these changes.

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247 Index Acceptability factor 68, 69, 78 ACE (corpus) 15, 235 ACID Test 139 Affordances (of the new medium) 19, 20, 144, 216, 217 Appealers 43, 44, 49 Authoritative factor 69 Back-channels 42, 43, 44, 49, 50, 51 Business English as a Lingua Franca (BELF) 11, 33, 34, 35, 125, 130, 131, 132, 147, 149, 163, 177, 179, 196, 199, 201, 203, 204, 208, 209, 212, 213, 221, 222 Cajolers 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52, 57 Code-mixing 77, 82, 94, 102, 107, 116, 146, 154, 157, 158 Code-switching 77, 83, 84, 94, 99, 100, 101, 106, 107, 115, 121, 191, 212 Codification factor 78 Collectivism 189 Common words used with new shades of meaning 77, 79, 94, 97, 115, 116, 146 Communicative practices 11, 16, 34, 36, 66, 85, 95, 103, 218, 223 Community of practice 34, 35, 62, 109, 110, 123, 152, 161, 162, 220, 223 Company language 150, 151, 203 Conflict avoidance strategies 186, 187, 197, 199 Constellations of interconnected practice 15 Content Moves 181 cooperative imperative 35, 107, 109, 147, 148, 207, 219, 223 Cooperation principle 185 Corpora 15, 34, 35, 40, 41, 43, 44, 61, 71, 76, 80, 83, 115, 116, 117, 119, 122, 152, 154, 178, 179, 188, 190, 192, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199 Corporate communication 11, 132, 133, 134, 136, 141, 142, 149, 164, 201 Corporate identity 11, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 147, 149, 151, 152, 155 Corporate identity management mix 137 Corporate identity mix 136, 137 Corporate reputation 34,...

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