Vol. 1. No. 2 A-2 August 1994
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Ad-hoc English and Creolized Corporate Culture: Translingual and Intercultural Communication in a Japanese Computer-Assembly Plant in Germany

Janet Sutherland
Fachhochschule Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany


Field research consisting of direct observation and interviews conducted at the plant examines the use of English as a lingua franca between Japanese and Germans. This case study reports on several interesting aspects of translingual and inter-cultural communication between the Japanese and the Germans, citing evidence of both accommodation and conservatism within the two language/culture groups. The author suggests implications for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching

Keywords: English for Specific Purposes, Language Use, cultural conflict

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