Thomas Ricento

List of John Benjamins publications for which Thomas Ricento plays a role.



Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Language policy | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


Ricento, Thomas 2018 Chapter 9. The promise and pitfalls of global EnglishThe Politics of Multilingualism: Europeanisation, globalisation and linguistic governance, Kraus, Peter A. and François Grin (eds.), pp. 201–222 | Chapter
In this chapter, I explore the purported and actual effects of global English in contexts in which it is often seen as a way of enhancing socioeconomic mobility. While some studies suggest that proficiency in English in countries where it is not an official or dominant language may correlate with… read more
Ricento, Thomas 2017 Conceptualizing language: Linguistic theory and language policyDynamics of Linguistic Diversity, Peukert, Hagen and Ingrid Gogolin (eds.), pp. 13–29 | Chapter
My purpose in this chapter is to describe and critique some of the common sense beliefs about language that are often implicitly incorporated in the theories of political philosophers who engage in discussions on language policies and language rights in liberal democracies. I then consider the… read more
Ricento, Thomas 2013 Measuring success when English isn’t your native language: Perspectives from CanadaMultilingualism and Language Diversity in Urban Areas: Acquisition, identities, space, education, Siemund, Peter, Ingrid Gogolin, Monika Edith Schulz and Julia Davydova (eds.), pp. 349–368 | Article
Because of the power and international status of English, and because of real or perceived pressures to ‘assimilate’ persons from non-English speaking cultural backgrounds, educators in English-dominant countries are likely to have a primary focus on the academic achievement of learners based on… read more