Linguistic Imperialism

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OUP Oxford, 1992 - Business & Economics - 365 pages
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This book explores the contemporary phenomenon of English as an international language, and sets out to analyse how and why the language has become so dominant. It looks at the spread of English historically, at the role it plays in Third World countries, and at the ideologies transmitted through the English language.
 

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Contents

Taking stock of a world commodity
1
English the dominant language
17
theoretical foundations
38
Earlier work relevant to linguistic imperialism
78
The colonial linguistic inheritance
109
British and American promotion of English
136
the structure and tenets of
173
English language teaching in action
223
Arguments in linguistic imperialist discourse
271
Linguistic imperialism and
300
Bibliography
322
Index
357
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About the author (1992)

Robert Phillipson is a Professor of English in the Copenhagen Business School. His main research interests include the role of English worldwide, language policy and multilingualism in the European Union. Robert has written and edited books on language policy, language learning, and languagerights.