ELF Users’ Attitudes and Orientations in Tourism Interaction


  • Ida Parise Goldsmiths University of London




multilingual resources in ELF, intercultural accommodation, speakers’ attitudes, tourism English, interactional sociolinguistics


Tourism English is an interesting domain of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) research because it can provide sociocultural, discursive, and sociolinguistic insights into a kind of professional genre that has not been extensively researched within or under the ELF branch of Applied Linguistics so far. The proposed investigation involves some tourist industry service providers and tourists interacting for a variety of reasons (e.g. leisure, culture, entertainment, sport, cuisine etc.) in order to probe their orientations and attitudes towards the use of English as a Multilingua Franca (Jenkins 2015). Adopting a poststructuralist approach and drawing upon the ethnographic interviews taken from among 27 participants in a study conducted in Italy, I explore evidence of participants’ consciousness of intercultural accommodation and attitudes towards multilingual resources in ELF encounters (Cogo 2016). Moreover, I scrutinise their cognizance of the strategic potential of pragmatic resources to enable them to achieve effectiveness in communication and overcome cultural characterizations (Baker 2011; 2012; 2015).This article has the additional capacity to provide more information concerning the perspectives of employees within Italy’s tourist industry, along with tourists themselves, toward the multicultural use of English as a Lingua Franca.

Author Biography

Ida Parise, Goldsmiths University of London

Ida Parise is a professional interpreter and translator, teacher and PhD applied linguistics researcher at Goldsmiths University of London. She holds two Ministerial Teaching Certificates for professional development and two Masters Degrees in methodological innovation in the teaching praxis, in addition to several Literary, Scientific and Technical Translation Diplomas. She has been working on her applied linguistics project investigating English used in the Tourism industry in Italy in the perspective of English as lingua franca (ELF) for international communication since 2015. Her interests include the pragmatic use of English as a Lingua Franca in the special domain of tourism, multimodality, and ELF Pedagogy.


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