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p. 605. Languages great and smalllocked

  • John Edwards

Abstract

The great majority of the world's scholarly literature appears in English, although at least half of it is produced by authors from non-anglophone countries. ‘Languages great and small’ argues that the adoption of English around the world is not a result of anglophone conspiracy; learners are not, either grudgingly or unthinkingly, simply identifying with linguistic aggressors. Languages are components of larger cultural packages and unless people take quite revolutionary steps to unpack and then repack them — which they are generally unwilling to do — then lasting linguistic changes are unlikely to occur.

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