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Language Contact Around the Globe

Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference

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Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe

The fifth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe unites a collection of peer-reviewed papers delivered at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG3) at the University of Greifswald in 2011. The papers are arranged in five thematic sections: Part I studies lexical and grammatical borrowing and pseudo-loans. Part II looks at code-switching and language intertwining in different contexts, while Part III is concerned with the power, political backup and use of different languages in multilingual settings. This is followed by Part IV which comprises three articles on the Linguistic Landscapes of different urban areas. Finally, Part V focuses on language choices in literature and institutional settings.
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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

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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?

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