Employee discourse: tensions between the use of English and multilingual exchanges in daily work activities.

International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication

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Title Employee discourse: tensions between the use of English and multilingual exchanges in daily work activities.
 
Creator LEJOT, EVE
 
Subject
Language policy, Workplace, Multilingualism, Discourse analysis, Argumentation
 
Description A number of European projects – ELAN (2006), Dylan (2006-2011), CELAN (2011-2013) – have confirmed the importance of multilingualism in the workplace. They provide evidence that a multilingual environment increases the diversity and the quality of projects, while monolingualism can mean a loss of markets. Since the ‘80s, English as a lingua franca (ELF) has been accepted as the international business language. Although English is not considered a threat to multilingualism (House, 2002, 2003), tensions exist between these two forms of communication: ELF and multilingualism. In this paper, I present an analysis of Airbus employee interviews using argument formulas (Anscombre, Ducrot, 1983). The initial analysis of what is said before and after the connector “but/pero/aber/mais” within interviews in four languages indicates tensions between the use of English and multilingual exchanges in daily work activities. The combination of “enunciation frames” (Charolles, 1997) and the role of personal pronouns (Benveniste, 1974) shows that the employees adapt their communication according to workplace structures: they tend to use English at an executive or a departmental level, while at team and face-to-face levels their communication benefits from multilingual skills.  
 
Publisher Department of Translation and Interpreting, University of Ioannina
 
Contributor
 
Date 2016-06-24
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/latic/article/view/10344
10.12681/ijltic.10344
 
Source International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication; Vol 4, No 1 (2016): Special Issue: Foreign Language Teaching in Tertiary Education: Economy and Foreign Languages; 43-53
International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication; Vol 4, No 1 (2016): Special Issue: Foreign Language Teaching in Tertiary Education: Economy and Foreign Languages; 43-53
2241-7214
2241-4304
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/latic/article/view/10344/10448
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2016 EVE LEJOT
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0
 

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