Alessia Cogo is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton (UK), where she teaches in the MA Applied Linguistics programmes and supervises PhD students. Before that, she taught English, Italian, and Applied Linguistics at King’s College London and the University of Surrey (UK). She has written on ELF pragmatics and the interface between ELF and multilingualism. She is co-author with Martin Dewey of Analysing English as a Lingua Franca: A Corpus-driven Investigation (Continuum 2012). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sowden’s article raises a number of questions concerning English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and criticizes it as a simplified and culturally neutral means of communication. In this response, I address the issues concerning the conceptualization and use of ELF as well as the implications for ELT. I provide up-to-date evidence of ELF research and show the variability, richness, and creativity of ELF communication.