Linguistic inequality in scientific communication today

What can future applied linguistics do to mitigate disadvantages for non-anglophones?

AILA Review, Volume 20

Augusto Carli | Università di Modena-Reggio Emilia
Ulrich Ammon | Universität Duisburg-Essen
ISBN 9789027239921 | EUR 87.00 | USD 131.00
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This volume is dedicated to the implications and consequences of the almost exclusive use of English as the language of scientific communication. While until the end of the Seventies of the last century, scientific communication was characterized by a high degree of shared multilingualism, a drastic change towards English monolingualism has taken place from the beginning of the Eighties, at first in the so-called hard sciences (natural sciences, medicine, technology, and mathematics) – under the threat of the ‘bibliometric measurement’ via the impact factor – and gradually also, though still to a lesser extent, in the social sciences and humanities. The choice of English is usually seen as “natural” or at least “unavoidable”, without considering that it could involve problems and be inequitable. This volume of AILA Review presents and discusses this phenomenon and its social implications with the support of a number of internationally known authors who outline its scientific relevance and put forward various options of language policy.
[AILA Review, 20] 2007.  137 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction to the topic
Augusto Carli and Ulrich Ammon
English monolingualism in scientific communication and progress in science, good or bad?
Florian Coulmas
The non-Anglophone scholar on the periphery of scholarly publication
John Flowerdew
Stereotypes about English as the language of science
Cristina Guardiano, M. Elena Favilla and Emilia Calaresu
The dominance of English in the international scientific periodical literature and the future of language use in science
Rainer Enrique Hamel
Tackling the Anglophones’ free ride: Fair linguistic cooperation with a global lingua franca
Philippe Van Parijs
Assessing efficiency and fairness in multilingual communication: Towards a general analytical framework
Michele Gazzola and François Grin
Shift in language policy in Malaysia: Unravelling reasons for change, conflict and compromise in mother-tongue education
Saran Kaur Gill
Global scientific communication: Open questions and policy suggestions
Ulrich Ammon
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Applied linguistics

Main BIC Subject

CJA: Language teaching theory & methods

Main BISAC Subject

LAN020000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Study & Teaching