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Language ideologies and English as a lingua franca: Asian experiences and insights
The research on English as a lingua franca has yielded fruitful results in uncovering the nature of ELF and suggesting pedagogical reactions to the spread of ELF in various contexts. Yet, it is widely observed that Standard English ideology prevails in Asian contexts - given the diversity of Asian contexts of English, we focus on those without World Englishes backgrounds in this colloquium - where English is increasingly playing a role of global lingua franca but continuously regarded as a foreign language. The discrepancy between the linguistic phenomenon and the conceptual representation appears to be a challenge in the way of promoting ELF in English education, an area where linguistic legitimacy needs to be established. While ELF is linguistically viable, linguistic legitimacy, however, is often an ideological issue, which invokes the representation of language in relation to power structure where language users are situated (Fairclough 1989).
This colloquium seeks to offer Asian insights into language ideologies that have impacts on the establishment of linguistic legitimacy of ELF in relevant Asian higher education (HE) contexts and Asian experiences in the ideological process. Linguistic legitimacy, as discussed in Wang (2020), is both an ideological attribute and an ideological process. We are interested in grassroots language users’ role in an ideological process and their reactions to what Blommaert (2007) notes as authority centres in the context of the global spread of English. We thus explore Asian English users’ identities, perceptions of authority centres, reactions to language policies and language awareness in Asian HE, an area where the top-down language policy encounters bottom-up forces driven by language needs, wants and concerns in the context of ELF.
Blommaert, J. 2007. Sociolinguistic scale. Intercultural pragmatics. 4/1: 1-19.
Fairclough, N. 1989. Language and power. London and New York: Longman.
Wang, Y. 2020. Language ideologies in the Chinese context: orientations to English as a lingua franca. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
Ying Wang (王穎) is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Global Englishes, University of Southampton. Her research interests include English as a lingua franca, language ideologies, identities, English education and English-medium instruction, with a particular focus on China and Chinese speakers. She has published articles on the said topics in various journals and edited volumes. She has recently written a monograph entitled Language ideologies in the Chinese context: orientations to ELF, which has been accepted to be published by De Gruyter Mouton in 2020.
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