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Da Costa Cabral, Ildegrada; Martin-Jones, Marilyn – AILA Review, 2017
This article reveals how center-periphery relations have unfolded, over time, in language policy processes in one nation--Timor-Leste--on the global periphery. We take a "longue durĂ©e" perspective on the language policy processes at work in this historical context, showing how different regimes of language were imposed, in the past, by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Language Planning, Portuguese
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Hynninen, Niina – AILA Review, 2012
This paper focuses on the construction of language expertise in international, university-level English-medium courses where English is used as a lingua franca. Even if the courses are not language courses, language sometimes becomes the topic of discussion in the form of language correcting and commentary. This paper looks into these instances,…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Expertise, Teacher Role
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Wilton, Antje; Wochele, Holger – AILA Review, 2011
In this paper, we focus on comments on language issues from a historical perspective. The concept of the layperson (non-linguist) is discussed to identify laypeople and lay comments in history when the modern concept of a linguist did not yet exist. Two studies show how the historical perspective complements modern research on folk linguistics.…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Native Speakers, Language Attitudes
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Hashim, Azirah – AILA Review, 2009
This paper focusses on language and education issues in Malaysia as they have unfolded in the context of nation building, societal multilingualism and globalization from independence to the present day. The paper first examines the origin and nature of language and medium-of-instruction policies in Malaysia and the rationale for them. Secondly, it…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language Role, Global Approach, Criticism
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Lim, Lisa – AILA Review, 2009
This paper considers the real mother tongues of Singapore, namely the Chinese "dialects" and Singlish, the linguistic varieties which, respectively, arrived with the original immigrants to the rapidly developing British colony, and evolved in the dynamic multilingual ecology over the decades. Curiously these mother tongues have been…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Sanctions, Dialects, Official Languages
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Van Parijs, Philippe – AILA Review, 2007
In science and in all other domains that require communication across borders, we need one lingua franca, and this lingua franca will be English. The adoption of the native language of some as everyone's lingua franca unavoidably raises a problem of justice in various senses. One of these is cooperative justice, the fair distribution of the cost…
Descriptors: English, Official Languages, English (Second Language), Language Usage
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Gill, Saran Kaur – AILA Review, 2007
Malaysia experienced a major shift in language policy in 2003 for the subjects of science and maths. This meant a change in the language of education for both national and national-type schools. For national schools, this resulted in a shift from Bahasa Malaysia, the national language to English. Parallel with this, to ensure homogeneity of impact…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Language of Instruction, Official Languages
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Rajagopalan, Kanavillil – AILA Review, 2005
This paper is an attempt to take stock of the politics of language as it has been playing out in Latin America, ever since the countries in this region were colonized by European powers, mainly Spain and Portugal. Linguistic imperialism is by no means a new phenomenon in this part of the world. In more recent times, the relentless advance of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Language Dominance, Foreign Policy
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Makoni, Sinfree, Ed.; Meinhof, Ulrike H., Ed. – AILA Review, 2003
This collection of articles includes: "Introducing Applied Linguistics in Africa" (Sinfree Makoni and Ulrike H. Meinhof); "Language Ideology and Politics: A Critical Appraisal of French as Second Official Language in Nigeria" (Tope Omoniyi); "The Democratisation of Indigenous Languages: The Case of Malawi" (Themba…
Descriptors: Alzheimers Disease, Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism, Black Colleges