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Deterding, David

Misunderstandings in English as a Lingua Franca

An Analysis of ELF Interactions in South-East Asia

Series:Developments in English as a Lingua Franca [DELF] 1


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    October 2013
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    • Based on a corpus of misunderstandings that is made available to the reader.
    • Provides a detailed analysis of misunderstandings and issues of intelligibility that can be understood by non-specialists.
    • Offers guidance to teachers in ensuring their students achieve a high level of intelligibility.

    Aims and Scope

    This book explores the nature and causes of misunderstandings in ELF interactions. It is based on a corpus of conversations between English speakers from south and east Asia that helps us investigate what causes misunderstandings, particularly the pronunciation, grammar, word choice, and discourse. The book also considers how such misunderstandings may be signalled and repaired. Finally, it discusses the implications for teaching English around the world and offers guidance to teachers in enabling their students to become highly intelligible.


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    David Deterding, University of Brunei Darussalam, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam.

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