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Linguistic Imperialism (Oxford Applied Linguistics)

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Explores the contemporary phenomenon of English as an international language, and sets out to analyse how and why the language has become so dominant. This book looks at the spread of English historically, at the role it plays in Third World countries, and at the ideologies transmitted through the English language.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 9th 1992 by OUP Oxford
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Joel
Nov 19, 2008 Joel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Guilty monolingual liberals
This is an important book, even if it's now a bit outdated (and a little conspiracy theory-ish). Phillipson makes a convincing argument that English maintains linguistic hegemony in most of the world due to certain actions and policies carried out by British groups (like the British coucil and some gov't agencies). Powerful people (the 'centre') have an interest in English maintaining its position so as to continue a system of inequality over the less powerful (the 'periphery').

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Benny
Aug 28, 2011 Benny rated it really liked it
Confrontational and ahead of its time, a splinter in the eye of most native (and anglophile) English language teaching professionals, an eye-opener to others.

Still important.
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