Hiroshima Studies in Language and Language Education Issue 24
2021-03-01 発行

Cultural Dominance and English as a Lingua Franca

In this article, the issue of interactional dominance in intercultural communication addressed. Cultural dominance was manifested among communicators from different backgrounds through spoken interactions in meetings observed in a study on which this article is based. Through examining power relations in the study, it became clear that the language (e.g., English) used in meetings is one of the major factors contributing to power asymmetry in interaction. This kind of power asymmetry, based on linguistic and cultural dominance, can cause misunderstanding, frustrations and even mistrust among communicators from diverse backgrounds. To reduce the imbalance in power relations and develop better intercultural communication skills within a group, the author considers how English as a Lingua Franca can be used to address underlying beliefs and attitudes that can interfere with effective communication.
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