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ENGLISH IN GERMANY: THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF CONTACT
Hilgendorf S. K.



        Hilgendorf, Suzanne K. – Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University.


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This article outlines the history of contact with the English language in Germany, a country of what Kachru (1995) has termed the Expanding Circle of English use in which the language traditionally has functioned as a foreign code. The article illustrates social, cultural, and political factors that have led to the growing status of English, dating from initial contact in the 8th century when the language was an obscure foreign code, to the present day situation in which English not only functions as the primary foreign language in the country, but is used in some domains as an L2 or additional language for intranational communication.

        Key words: language contact, English as a foreign language, international communication, intranational communication, additional language.


 
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