Power dynamics in business English as a lingua franca discourse

Mohammod Moninoor Roshid, Raqib Chowdhury

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Although power manifests as a form of social behavior through language, how it contributes to business English lingua franca (BELF) discourses remains underresearched. This article problematizes how perceptions of power dynamics manifest through choices of BELF discourses as practiced in the Bangladeshi ready-made garments (RMG) industry. Data for this study were collected from interviews with three levels of business professionals. Findings show that perceived power is embedded in everyday business discourses to both empower and disempower speakers and influence differences in their language use. Specifically, perceived organizational position, business position, linguistic ability, and sociocultural identity impacted language differences.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalBusiness and Professional Communication Quarterly
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • BELF
  • English in business communication
  • international business communication
  • power dynamics
  • ready-made garments

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