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This work will apply a Micro-analysis informed by Conversation Analysis (CA) to an interaction in which interlocutors use English as a lingua franca ('ELF'). Numbers of people using ELF are high: in 2007, the British Council estimated that around 375 million people use English as a second language while 750 million use it as a foreign language 1. This analysis will cast doubts on claims that to "guarantee the mutual intelligibility of their accents", ELF users must standardize their usage byfatcat:fgqa7rjlmzdqtoranrphhjdm7q