Linguistic Imperialism Continued
Robert Phillipson
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Linguistic Imperialism Continued brings together writings by Robert Phillipson since the publication of Linguistic Imperialism in 1992. It consists of articles published in anthologies and journals. It also contains reviews of the work of others on global English, language policy, and the role of English in multilingual settings worldwide. Among the central concerns of the book are English in globalisation and neoliberal empire, how the project of establishing English as a ‘world’ language came about, and the balance between English and other languages in higher education. One recurrent theme is whether English is learned and used in a healthy balance with other languages – English as a lingua franca – or in pernicious ways that threaten the future of other languages – English as a lingua frankensteinia. Seven scholars respond to an analysis of this by Robert Phillipson in an article that shows how the concept lingua franca is often used misleadingly. Linguistic Imperialism triggered a major re-thinking of the English teaching profession, as it connected English Language Teaching to wider political and economic forces. Linguistic Imperialism Continued analyses how the dominance of English persists in the 21st century.

Robert Phillipson is a graduate of Cambridge and Leeds Universities, UK, and has a doctorate from the Faculty of Education of the University of Amsterdam. He worked for the British Council in Spain, Algeria, Yugoslavia and London before settling in Denmark. He is a Professor Emeritus at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His main publications include Learner language and language learning (with Claus Færch and Kirsten Haastrup, Multilingual Matters, 1984), Linguistic imperialism (Oxford University Press, 1992, also published in China and India), Linguistic human rights: overcoming linguistic discrimination, edited with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (Mouton de Gruyter, 1994); Language: a right and a resource, edited with Miklós Kontra, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Tibor Várady (Central European University Press, 1999); Rights to language: equity, power and education (as editor, Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000); English-only Europe? Challenging language policy (Routledge, 2003). . He has lectured worldwide, and had attachments to universities in Australia, Hungary, India, and the UK.
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