English in Germany


Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg
Projektleitung gesamt
Davydova, Julia; Dr. habil.
Projektleitung intern
Davydova, Julia; Dr.
Interne Projektmitarbeiter/innen
Externe Projektmitarbeiter/innen
2020 – 2020
The paper discusses the changing role of English in Germany drawing on evidence from domains of English use and speakers’ attitudes. In so doing, it reports two case studies carried out at the University of Mannheim, Germany. The first study quantitatively documents the use of English across formal and informal settings as well as in spontaneous interactions. The second study discusses the results of a survey tapping into German speakers’ attitudes towards two native (British, American) and two non-native (Indian, German) Englishes, thereby eliciting respondents’ attitudinal orientations towards English varieties including their own. I conclude that whereas English spoken in Germany shows clear signs of evolving into an ESL variety, it is still, by and large, an EFL English, at least in terms of attitudinal orientations professed by educated young adults.
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