Quotation Komori-Glatz, Miya. 2018. Conceptualising English as a business lingua franca . European Journal of International Management, 12, (1-2), 46-61.




Though a popular and somewhat controversial topic in discussions on language in IB, the notion of English as a (business) lingua franca/(B)ELF still lacks clear conceptualisation. This paper argues that research in IB and linguistics can be mutually complementary and supportive in conceptualising BELF, and that it is important to separate the concept of BELF from that of a common corporate language. The paper synthesises key works from both disciplines to conceptualise BELF as an emergent, multilingual use of English that adapts to the demands and resources of the specific context. It further argues that Wenger’s concept of Communities of Practice offers a useful bridge between the disciplines, and that there is a need for more empirical research.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of International Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Conceptualising English as a business lingua franca
Volume 12
Number 1-2
Year 2018
Page from 46
Page to 61
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/EJIM.2018.10009389
Open Access N


Komori-Glatz, Miya (Details)
Institute for English Business Communication (Mautner) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5308 Management sciences (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6625 Technical language studies (Details)
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