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Business English Lingua Franca in intercultural (business) communication

Author(s): Anne Kankaanranta,

Journal: Language at Work : Bridging Theory and Practice
ISSN 1902-0465

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Typically, the term intercultural is used as a synonym for international in the sense that it is used to refer to communication taking place between people with international backgrounds. Thus, a different cultural background equals to a different national background, which suggests that the communicators do not share the same mother tongue. In such situations the communicators basically have two options: first, one party can switch over to the other party’s mother tongue; and second, both can use a common language which is neither party’s native tongue. Both options call for intercultural communication.
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