Publication details [#61858]

Hamid, M. Obaidul. 2016. The linguistic market for English in Bangladesh. Current Issues in Language Planning 17 (1) : 36–55.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject
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This study uses Bourdieu's linguistic market and capital notions to elucidate divergent competence resullts for varied market actors linked with diverse education markets in Bangladesh. Albeit Bourdieu centered on a “unified market” as to the ruling or official language, exploring English as a second/foreign language demands examining plural English markets in the polity, located at (sub)national levels. It is claimed that while macro-level policy-makers have been directed by “linguistic communism” in launching English for all, market forces truly and mostly define who achieves linguistic skills and whose proficiency will probably be refashioned into linguistic capital.