When your English is too good

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    Abstract

    Some people just can’t win it seems. Second language speakers are in that category. I can’t even begin to count how many people who have read a fraction of the English literature I have read and who have never written much in English take the liberty to comment on my English. They usually congratulate me on how good it is … That’s what you call a left-handed compliment I suppose – I doubt that anyone goes around congratulating Maths professors that they’ve mastered arithmetic and can handle two-digit figures with such ease.
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
    PublisherLanguage on the move
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2009

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    Keywords

    • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
    • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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