[lg policy] Implicit Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 12 13:55:31 UTC 2010

Implicit Language Policy

Ingrid, over at Language on the Move, tells the story of how difficult
it was to get her university to accept the record of a non-English
publication, then draws a smart conclusion about linguistic hegemony:

...no one ever made an explicit policy decision that research
publications in languages other than English are less desirable than
those in English. However, mundane bureaucratic practices – such as
making record entry for a publication in a language other than English
more difficult – conspire to have exactly that policy effect. In this
way many decisions that seem to have nothing to do with language end
up as implicit language policy decisions – the fact that
English-language journals dominate the academic rankings is another
example from academic publishing (emphasis added).

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