ELF vs Danish: An investigation of Danish university students' language use at study group meetings

  • Janus Mortensen (Foredragsholder)

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    English is rapidly gaining ground as an academic lingua franca at universities and other institutions of higher education in Denmark; however, so far we know very little about what characterizes this particular use of English as a lingua franca (ELF). In my PhD project, I address this issue by investigating how English is used by speakers with Danish as a first language in undergraduate student–student interactions within the arts and humanities at Roskilde University (RU), with special emphasis on the use of modal verbs and epistemic and evidential adverbs. 
      The data for the project consist of a number of video recorded study group meetings. Apart from ELF interactions recorded at RU, the data comprise meetings where Danish and English are used as first languages to allow for comparative analyses. 
      In this paper, I focus on the function of language at ELF study group meetings and discuss to what extent the range of functions the modal verbs and epistemic and evidential adverbs serve here are similar to the functions their Danish equivalents serve at study group meetings conducted in Danish. 

    Periode20 jun. 2008
    BegivenhedstitelLanguage Issues in English-Medium Universities: A Global Concern
    PlaceringHong Kong, Hong KongVis på kort