Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference
Laura Zieseler and Amei Koll-Stobbe (University of Greifswald): At sea with standards? The pluricentric nature of English and its impact on non-native speakers’ attitudes and language use
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At sea with standards? The pluricentric nature of English and its impact on non-native speakers’ attitudes and language use
Amei Koll-Stobbe and Laura Zieseler
For more than five decades, both British and American English have been norm-providing learner targets in Europe. That non-native speakers are increasingly mixing the exonormative standardised varieties is reflected in concepts such as Mid-Atlantic English, or Euro-English. By means of a small scale multidimensional sociolinguistic study we contribute to the ongoing discussion in ELF and ESL frameworks on the symptomatic status of non-exonormative performance features: is the mixing of systemic features of standard Englishes and the diffusion of norms too erratic to be described as an emerging endonormative variety?