Conceptualising English as a business lingua franca

Komori-Glatz, Miya (2018) Conceptualising English as a business lingua franca. European Journal of International Management, 12 (1-2). pp. 46-61. ISSN 1751-6765


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Though a popular and somewhat controversial topic in discussions on language in IB, the notion of English as a (business) lingua franca/(B)ELF still lacks clear conceptualisation. This paper argues that research in IB and linguistics can be mutually complementary and supportive in conceptualising BELF, and that it is important to separate the concept of BELF from that of a common corporate language. The paper synthesises key works from both disciplines to conceptualise BELF as an emergent, multilingual use of English that adapts to the demands and resources of the specific context. It further argues that Wenger's concept of Communities of Practice offers a useful bridge between the disciplines, and that there is a need for more empirical research.

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Keywords: English as a business lingua franca; BELF; language; language management; international business; communities of practice; intercultural communication; conceptual paper; language in international business; corporate language
Divisions: Departments > Fremdsprachliche Wirtschaftskommunik.
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 08:50
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