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Maritime english - The need to bridge linguistic and cultural barriers in the international shipping industry


Schriever, U, Maritime english - The need to bridge linguistic and cultural barriers in the international shipping industry, Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Identity: A Global Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le and T Le (ed), New York, pp. 15-24. ISBN 978-1-61209-602-5 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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The international maritime industry consists of a global web of shipping that covers the oceans and connects all continents on the earth. In this multinational, multiethnic and multicultural environment the English language has emerged as the lingua franca of the sea. By consensus and, indeed, by UN resolution it is the means through which communication takes place wherever language barriers exist. But, as many mishaps at sea prove, understanding among seafarers is not always sufficient and complete. This chapter describes the shift in demographics in global shipping and identifies the two major barriers which exist in communication at sea: the difficulties encountered by some language speakers to become proficient in the prescribed language of Maritime English and the cultural as well as sociolinguistic perceptions and conventions which can create obstacles when it comes to understanding each other. It concludes that a pedagogically sound and culturally sensitive approach to maritime English teaching needs to be adopted.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:language diversity, cultural identity, international shipping industry
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Globalisation and culture
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication across languages and culture
UTAS Author:Schriever, U (Dr Ulf Schriever)
ID Code:76109
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2012-02-28
Last Modified:2018-03-08
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