English as a lingua franca in the Asian context : perspectives on identity in a multilingual world

Chit Cheung, Matthew SUNG

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The global phenomenon of English as a lingua franca (ELF) has gained a great deal of attention among applied linguists in recent years. With English serving an increasingly important role as a lingua franca in the Asian context, this special issue aims to explore ELF in Asia through the lens of identity. It critically explores issues and concerns surrounding ELF and identity formation from an Asian perspective by investigating ELF communication involving Asian speakers of English and examining their voices and experiences which have been under-represented in the ELF literature. Building upon a small but growing body of literature on ELF and identity, this special issue brings together articles that examine different aspects of identity formation in ELF communication in several Asian contexts, addressing an array of issues including how identities are constructed and negotiated in lingua franca settings and how different aspects of identities are shaped by linguistic and socio-cultural norms of various ELF contexts and by complex interactions of power relations, language attitudes and ideologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-192
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Asian Pacific Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Asia
  • Communication
  • English as a lingua franca
  • Identity
  • Language


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