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World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and the case of Hong Kong English
English Today (2009)
  • Andrew SEWELL, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

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 pluricentric view of English in the world’; and the emerging ELF position, with its rejection of native-speaker norms in favour of ‘endonormative realisations of lingua franca varieties’ (Alessa Cogo, English Today 95). However, Cogo believes that the second and third positions are not separate paradigms, and that ELF sits ‘comfortably within a WE framework’, as claimed by Jenkins (2007:17). In this article, I would like to show how the two positions can work together to inform pedagogy by exploring the possible options for English pronunciation models in Hong Kong.

  • English pronunciation
Publication Date
March, 2009
Citation Information
Andrew SEWELL. "World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and the case of Hong Kong English" English Today Vol. 25 Iss. 1 (2009)
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