The unit and focus of analysis in lingua franca English interactions: in search of a method

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Abstract

The dominant analytical approaches to Lingua Franca English interactions are largely influenced by a structuralist orientation that prioritizes verbal resources in localized face-to-face contexts. This article argues that recent developments in globalization, mobility, and digital communication call for a more complex orientation to the focus and unit of analysis. Researchers should consider how more expansive and layered scales of time and space mediate and shape interactions. Also, semiotic, material, and multimodal resources beyond words should be treated as part of the data. The article demonstrates the implications for expanding the focus and unit of analysis by illustrating from a study of workplace communication in an English-dominant country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-824
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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