World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and the case of Hong Kong English

  title={World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and the case of Hong Kong English},
  author={Andrew Sewell},
  journal={English Today},
  pages={37 - 43}
ABSTRACT Perspectives from both World Englishes (WE) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) can assist in the description of Hong Kong English phonology. Mario Saraceni's article (English Today 94) provides some useful insights into the current debates about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). His discussion of the background to this debate identifies three viewpoints: a traditional ENL view with its adherence to native-speaker models; the WE (World Englishes) paradigm with its ‘pluralised and… 
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