Language Learning in the <em>Lingua Franca</em> English Bubble
This paper analyses interviews with exchange students in four Scandinavian universities and conducts a longitudinal analysis of three picture descriptions spread over a twenty-week period. It briefly describes the opportunities available to exchange students for language learning, both English and Scandinavian, and then provides a somewhat more detailed view of the changes in their linguistic performance over their stay abroad. Some aspects of this performance improve, others do not, and this may be relatable to the lingua-franca environment in which they are typically living. It will be demonstrated that perceptible change is nevertheless not only towards greater fluency but also towards native-speaker-like norms of usage in such areas as pronunciation, tense usage and even vocabulary. The title's example of effective Euro-English names for hat types is therefore not characteristic. In an environment where interaction is almost entirely with non-natives this is an interesting development.
udvekslingsstuderende; Skandinavien; sprogindlæring; lingua franca engelsk; exchange students; Scandinavia; language learning; lingua franca English