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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174748.001.0001

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The “Cultural Baggage” of English and Its Significance in the World at Large

The “Cultural Baggage” of English and Its Significance in the World at Large

(p.299) 9 The “Cultural Baggage” of English and Its Significance in the World at Large

Anna Wierzbicka (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the significance of the “cultural baggage” of English in a world in which English is increasingly functioning as a global lingua franca. It discusses the use of English by international organizations and bodies such as ASEAN, and its use in international law and international aviation. It explores the links between Anglo/English cultural scripts, conversational routines, and culture-specific values, and it shows the dangers inherent in regarding English as a “culture-neutral” medium of international communication. It also discusses the implications of the historically shaped cultural content of English for the practical — and immensely important — issues of intercultural communication and cross-cultural education.

Keywords:   international communication, international law, international aviation, intercultural communication, cross-cultural education, communication and vibes, Anglo cultural scripts, Singapore English, global lingua franca

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