Lingua franca or lingua frankensteinia? English in European integration and globalisation†
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 250–267, May 2008
How to Cite
PHILLIPSON, R. (2008), Lingua franca or lingua frankensteinia? English in European integration and globalisation. World Englishes, 27: 250–267. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-971X.2008.00555.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- (Received 22 May 2007.)
ABSTRACT: The paper explores how we think of English and ‘English Studies’ in present-day Europe. It questions the apparent neutrality of the term lingua franca by suggesting a more differentiated set of terms. It relates the current consolidation and expansion of English to processes of global Americanisation and Europeanisation. The European Union (EU) member states are increasingly integrating their economies and cultures in a US-dominated world. The history and many divergent uses of the term lingua franca are explored, and related to discourses and policies that tend to reinforce English linguistic hegemony uncritically. The paper explores the policies of the EU for maintaining multilingualism, and contemporary constraints and pressures in European academia. It analyses the promotion of ‘global’ English in terms of the project, the product, and the processes, and considers criteria for assessing whether its advance is as a lingua franca or rather as a lingua frankensteinia.