English as a lingua franca: A threat to multilingualism?

@inproceedings{Gramling2003EnglishAA,
  title={English as a lingua franca: A threat to multilingualism?},
  author={David Gramling},
  year={2003}
}
In this paper I argue against the widespread assumption that the English language in its role as lingua franca is a serious threat to national languages and to multilingualism. I support this argument by making a distinction between ‘languages for communication’ and ‘languages for identification’. Further support for the stance against one-sidedly attacking English as a killer language will be drawn from the findings of three research projects currently being carried out at Hamburg University… CONTINUE READING

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