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Coming to terms with English in Denmark: Discursive constructions of a language contact situation

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This paper presents an investigation of Danes' attitudes towards English through qualitative interviews. Denmark, like most other countries in the so-called Western world, is under significant linguistic and cultural influence from (American) English. In this paper, I analyse how Danes come to terms with that. Most striking is the great uniformity in the discourses through which English is constructed on the one hand as the default language of the world, on the other as a sign of modernity. An important by-product of the investigation is that it reveals how attitudes are constructed in situ during the conversation between interviewer and interviewee. The paper thus takes a stance in the ongoing debate concerning the validity of ‘standardized’ vs. ‘conversational’ interviewing.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)291-326
StatusUdgivet - 2010

Bibliografisk note

This is an electronic version of an article published in "International Journal of Applied Linguistics" Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 291–326, November 2010.
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