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Linguistic Diversity and Social JusticeAn Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics$
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Ingrid Piller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937240.001.0001

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Linguistic Diversity and Global Justice

Linguistic Diversity and Global Justice

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Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice

Ingrid Piller

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on global English and its relationship to global inequality. In a major correlational fallacy that misrecognizes the privileges accruing to dominant speakers as privileges resulting from their speech, global English is widely perceived as key to global development. “English for all” language policies entrench existing inequalities within a society. “Englishization” engenders an external orientation to development, and knowledge produced and disseminated through the medium of English comes to be regarded more highly than knowledge produced and disseminated through the medium of other languages. The global spread of English is also unjust because the language costs associated with it generate a financial subsidy stream paid by peripheral countries to Anglophone center countries. The hegemony of global English also carries psychological costs and may contribute to linguistic marginalization and feelings of inferiority.

Keywords:   development, global English, global inequality, hegemony, knowledge production, language costs, language policy, linguistic privilege, marginalization, misrecognition

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