Global Englishes and the Language of Business

Mairead Nic Craith, Philip McDermott, Nicola Bermingham

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This chapter considers the role of English as the language of business. After contextualising the growth of English, we consider the status of the language in different continental locations. We makes a distinction between English as a Native Language (ENL), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Business English as a Foreign Language (BELF). In conclusion, it we consider questions of ownership and appropriation in relation to the language itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntercultural Issues in the Workplace
Subtitle of host publicationLeadership, Communication and Trust
EditorsKaterina Strani, Kerstin Pfeiffer
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-42320-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-42319-2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Nov 2023


  • Global englishes
  • Business English
  • ELF
  • BELF
  • ENL
  • Workplace communication
  • Lingua franca


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