English as an Academic Lingua Franca at study group meetings: presentation of a PhD project
Janus Mortensen (Lecturer)
Activity: Talk or presentation › Lecture and oral contribution
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. In my PhD project, I address this issue by investigating how English is used as a lingua franca in undergraduate student–student interactions within the humanities at Roskilde University, with a special emphasis on the use of modal verbs and epistemic and evidential adverbs. The data for my 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 presentation, I will present the main ideas behind the project and relate the purpose of my investigation to the CALPIU framework.
23 Nov 2007
Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University