Interactional Sociolinguistics: The Theoretical Framework and Methodological Approach to ELF Interaction Research

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Anuchit Toomaneejinda
Saksit Saengboon


The prevalent use of ELF in global communication necessitates a rethinking of what theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches are appropriate to explain the changing and complex nature of intercultural interactions, particularly, those whereby English is recognised as a passport. This review accounts for ELF interactions in terms of Interactional Sociolinguistics (IS). In doing so, it discusses the characteristics and functions of IS taking into consideration the complexity of ELF contexts, most notably intercultural encounters that are prone to misunderstandings and communication breakdowns. Further, based on an analysis of previous studies on ELF, the paper characterises ELF interaction and its key components, and ELF interactional ecology using Interactional Sociolinguistics as a theoretical framework.


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Anuchit Toomaneejinda, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Thailand

A full-time lecturer in the Unit of General Education and Integrated Subjects, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Thailand. His research interests are Global Englishes, Intercultural Communication, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition.

Saksit Saengboon, School of Language and Communication, NIDA, Thailand

An English lecturer at the School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand.


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