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English as Lingua Franca

  1. Christiane Meierkord

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0375

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Meierkord, C. 2012. English as Lingua Franca. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


As Bolton (2000, p. 265) points out, “Today it is something of a cliche that English is a global language.” As such, English is no longer used primarily by speakers for whom English is a native or first language (L1).


  • intercultural communication;
  • pragmatics;
  • World Englishes;
  • lingua francas;
  • sociocultural language studies