Towards the Pragmatic Core of English for European Communication
English in Europe is not one but many, and substantial differences in the way people from different countries communicate using it may cause misunderstandings. This book shows that, through research into the pragmatic behaviour of non-native speakers of English from across Europe, it is possible to uncover the core-the shared strategies. This common pragmatic linguistic behaviour is proposed as the basis for a reference guide for those who wish to successfully communicate in English in Europe. The study reported on in this book is based on the analysis of the speech act of apologizing as realized by 466 respondents from 8 European countries, all proficient users of English involved in teacher-training programmes. The results Provide a basis for practical teaching and in-class research.
Presents an original proposal challenging the "English as a lingua franca" approach by establishing patterns which Europeans use when communicating in EnglishSeeks to inspire a new way of thinking about English in Europe, providing evidence for shared tendencies in pragmatic behaviour - a key element of successful communication across culturesFits a paradigm of studies exploring the potential of cross-cultural pragmaticsOffers suggestions for further research of English for European Communication