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Language, ideology and 'English within a globalized context'

Seargeant, Philip (2008). Language, ideology and 'English within a globalized context'. World Englishes, 27(2) pp. 217–232.

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This paper offers an examination of the role played by ideology in the research and regulation of ‘English within a globalized context’ (EGC). It analyzes the two major paradigms in this field: that which promotes English as a single, universal code; and that which advocates the need for the acknowledgement of discrete, localized varieties. It explores the linguistic assumptions upon which these are based, as well as the ideological frameworks that assign the particular functions and character to the language within this context, and which, in effect, create the concept of English as a Universal Language. By drawing upon an integrated theory of language ideologies and the linguistic system, the paper outlines the ways in which ideological issues are of fundamental importance for the way that the language both exists and operates within the globalized context.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Author, 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (Journal compilation)
ISSN: 1467-971X
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 10851
Depositing User: Philip Seargeant
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:09
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