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Ambivalent English : What We Talk About When We Think We Talk About Language (2020)


Saarinen, Taina; Ennser-Kananen, Johanna (2020). Ambivalent English : What We Talk About When We Think We Talk About Language. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 19 (3), 115-129. DOI: 10.35360/njes.581


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Julkaisun kaikki tekijät tai toimittajat: Saarinen, Taina; Ennser-Kananen, Johanna

Lehti tai sarja: Nordic Journal of English Studies

ISSN: 1502-7694

eISSN: 1654-6970

Julkaisuvuosi: 2020

Volyymi: 19

Lehden numero: 3

Artikkelin sivunumerot: 115-129

Kustantaja: Göteborg University

Julkaisumaa: Ruotsi

Julkaisun kieli: englanti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35360/njes.581

Avoin saatavuus: Open access -julkaisukanavassa ilmestynyt julkaisu

Julkaisu on rinnakkaistallennettu (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72159


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The ambivalence of English manifests itself in the discourses that surround it. English may be a resource and consume resources; it empowers and oppresses. The dichotomous discussion around the usefulness or dangers of English as a “global” or “world” language erases problematizations of the layered societal implications of English in localised contexts. English needs to be analysed not (only) as a language but (also) as the ideologies and societal structures intertwined with it. We examine English in two higher education contexts. Our first case deals with the so-called Accent Reduction courses offered for international students in US universities. The second one analyses English as a language political catalyst in a nation state context. We conclude with a discussion of the nativist and nation-state-centred role of global English. We argue that to discuss English as a language oversimplifies the societal implications of the debate. When we think we talk about English, we are, in fact, talking about the various societal, political, economic, cultural and historical power dynamics that accompany it.


YSO-asiasanat: englannin kieli; ambivalenssi; kielenkäyttö; yhteiskunnalliset vaikutukset; kielipolitiikka; ideologiat; kansallisvaltio

Vapaat asiasanat: English; internationalisation of higher education; nation-state centeredness; language as societal structure; language as ideology


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