The University of Southampton
Centre for Global Englishes

About us

CGE (Centre for Global Englishes) produces and disseminates research on the linguistic and sociocultural dimensions of global uses and users of English (Global Englishes), and on English as a Lingua Franca in particular. The centre provides a forum for knowledge-sharing and collaboration with other interested researchers and centres around the world.

CGE

The main aims and focus of CGE are:

1. To produce, support and disseminate research on the linguistic and sociocultural dimensions of global uses, usages and users of English (i.e. Global Englishes), and on English as a Lingua Franca in particular.

2. To explore the implications of such research and develop new conceptualisations of (English) language and communication.

3. To investigate, evaluate, promote, and influence conceptions and applications of English in academic settings, including a strong focus on internationalisation in Higher Education.

4. To provide a forum for knowledge-sharing and collaboration with other interested researchers and research centres around the world, as well as with those not directly involved in researching the field, but interested in learning more about it.

 

You can listen to CGE members speaking about English as a Lingua Franca on BBC Radio 4 Word of Mouth here.

 

 

English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) - "English as it is used as a contact language among speakers from different first languages."

 

 

Jenkins, J. (2009: 143) World Englishes (2nd Ed.), Routledge

 

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