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The politics of English, language and uptake: the case of international academic journal article reviews

Lillis, Theresa and Curry, Mary Jane (2015). The politics of English, language and uptake: the case of international academic journal article reviews. AILA Review, 28 pp. 127–150.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1075/aila.28.06lil
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Abstract

Drawing on 95 text histories from a longitudinal project on writing for publication in 4 national contexts, this article analyses the language ideologies enacted in referees’ and editors’ comments on articles submitted for publication in English-medium ‘international’ journals. It considers how orientations to ‘English’, ‘language’ and ‘language work’ are enacted in practices of reviewer uptake and the consequences of such practices for knowledge production, evaluation and circulation. In exploring evaluation practices, the article problematizes three foundational categories in applied linguistics: (1) The treating of English as a single stable semiotic resource over which the ‘native’ speaker is attributed a privileged evaluative position; (2) The overriding transparency approach to language and communication; (3) The focus on production as distinct from uptake.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 John Benjamins
ISSN: 1570-5595
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The Sociolinguistics of Writing in a Global ContextRES-063-27-0263ESRC
Professional Academic Writing in a Global ContextRES-000-22-0098ESRC
Keywords: peer review; politics of English; language ideologies; academic writing; uptake; multilingual scholars
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > English Language & Applied Linguistics
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)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 44884
Depositing User: Theresa Lillis
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44884
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