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Canagarajah, Suresh – AILA Review, 2009
There has been a plurilingual tradition of communication in South Asia since precolonial times. Local scholars consider pluringualism as "natural" to the ecology of this region. In plurilingualism, proficiency in languages is not conceptualized individually, with separate competencies developed for each language. The different languages…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Bruthiaux, Paul – AILA Review, 2009
In any discussion of multilingual Asia, caution is in order, for two reasons. One is that Asia is a vast land mass connecting variegated peoples cartographically but not sociologically. Second, describing and accounting for the sociolinguistic complexities of Asia (or anywhere else, for that matter) is history in the making in that, just like…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Models, Multilingualism
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Pakir, Anne – AILA Review, 2004
This paper examines language trends in 21st century Asia and reports on the development of Applied Linguistics (AL) in the region. It has a dual focus: the first analyses the unique preoccupations of Asian and Asia-based applied linguists that have given rise to present research directions and preferences. These, however, seem to be not much…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Applied Linguistics, Prediction, Trend Analysis