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Language on the Move is dedicated to language and communication in multicultural and transnational contexts: language learning, multilingualism and intercultural communication, in short, in Language and Communication on the Move (L.CoM)! The blog is part of the sociolinguistics portal www.languageonthemove.org created by Ingrid Piller and Kimie Takahashi. Visit www.languageonthemove.org to find out more about our work.

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  • March 30, 2014
  • 11:28 PM
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Linguistic penalty in the job interview

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A common explanation for the un- and underemployment of migrants is that their English is not good enough. Despite the overuse of this explanation, we do, in fact, not have a particularly clear idea what “good English” for a particular … Continue reading →... Read more »

Roberts, Celia. (2013) The Gatekeeping of Babel: Job Interviews and the Linguistic Penalty. A. Duchêne, M. Moyer , 81-94. info:/

  • February 25, 2014
  • 08:37 PM
  • 26 views

English at the Olympics

by Kimie Takahashi 高橋君江 in Language on the Move

Many people would agree that English is the language of globalization. English is almost always adopted as the official language of international events, including the Olympic Games. It does not mean, however, that the presumed global status of English is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Zhang, J. (2011) Language Policy and Planning for the 2008 Beijing Olympics: An Investigation of the Discursive Construction of an Olympic City and a Global Population. PhD thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney. info:/

  • February 12, 2014
  • 10:28 PM
  • 176 views

Inventing languages

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

An objection that is commonly raised against Esperanto and other auxiliary languages is that they are “invented.” Somehow, being “invented” is assumed to give Esperanto a shady character: it’s just not natural. The problem with this view is that – … Continue reading →... Read more »

Mühlhäusler, Peter. (2000) Language Planning and Language Ecology. Current issues in language planning, 1(3), 306-362. DOI: 10.1080/14664200008668011  

  • February 6, 2014
  • 02:27 AM
  • 174 views

Emergency service provision in linguistically diverse societies

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A few years ago, emergency service provision to speakers of languages other than English in Australia came under scrutiny when an Afghan woman tried to call the police but did not receive any assistance a few days before she was … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 3, 2013
  • 04:06 PM
  • 286 views

Monolingualism is bad for the economy

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In most countries of immigration, linguistic diversity is by and large ignored by policy makers. If there are language-related policies, they take a deficit view of migrants and their children and focus on improving their English (or whatever the national … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 25, 2013
  • 11:16 PM
  • 331 views

English is excellence

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

“Using English is the sign of a great mind. Discuss.” Sounds like an absurdly bigoted essay topic? While I’ve made up the topic and while most readers will baulk at such an explicit association of English with academic excellence, most … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 10, 2013
  • 05:26 PM
  • 293 views

Bilingualism delays onset of dementia

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

It is by now widely known that bilingualism delays the onset of dementia. What is less widely known is the fact that this knowledge is almost exclusively derived from Canadian research conducted by Ellen Bialystok and her team (e.g., Bialystock … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 29, 2013
  • 06:55 PM
  • 420 views

Saussure, the procrastinator

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Procrastination is a fact of academic life, particularly during the PhD period, as every academic supervisor knows. However, judging from ever-increasing institutional efforts to control procrastination or from the many self-help guides intended to cure procrastination, it would seem that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Paola Villani. (1990) Documenti saussuriani conservati a Lipsia e a Berlino. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 3-33. info:/

  • October 22, 2013
  • 06:27 PM
  • 277 views

Disenchanted in Bangkok

by Kimie Takahashi 高橋君江 in Language on the Move

“When Thai people ask me where I’m from, I tell them, “Oh I’m from the Philippines or Singapore. Then, I don’t get that look!” A young woman from Myanmar recently told me her experience of living in Bangkok as an … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 17, 2013
  • 11:56 PM
  • 268 views

English and development aid work

by Kerry Taylor-Leech in Language on the Move

  A response to Alexandra Grey, “We do aid, not English” In my experience English is often promoted by aid organisations as part of a package and served up with very little consultation of recipients and not much concern for … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 16, 2013
  • 09:15 PM
  • 278 views

“We do aid, not English!”

by Alexandra Grey in Language on the Move

Over a few years of involvement in the aid sector in Asia, I became aware that aid workers turn their noses up at ‘English work’. Managers for my Australian government volunteering program encouraged us not to be sucked in to … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • September 4, 2013
  • 11:03 PM
  • 312 views

Music on the Move

by Mahesh Radhakrishnan in Language on the Move

An important element of language relates to its aesthetic use, in other words, how we make our lives beautiful and present ourselves to the world beautifully through language. Anthropologists and linguists have been interested in this dimension throughout the 20th … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 29, 2013
  • 09:10 PM
  • 377 views

Beyond the mother tongue

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

This book review was originally published in Language in Society 42 (4), 463-466. [Copyright: Cambridge University Press; Language in Society] Access pdf version of this review here. Yasemin Yildiz , Beyond the mother tongue: The postmonolingual condition. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 20, 2013
  • 12:28 PM
  • 423 views

Erasing diversity

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

On a parapet in Hagia Sophia’s gallery there is an obscure little graffiti written in Viking runes and dating back to the 9th century. All that is legible today is ‘alftan,’ which refers to the Norse name ‘Halfdan’ and it … Continue reading →... Read more »

Jan Blommaert, & Ben Rampton. (2011) Language and superdiversity. Diversities, 13(2). info:/

Goodenough, W. (1976) MULTICULTURALISM AS THE NORMAL HUMAN EXPERIENCE. Council on Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 7(4), 4-7. DOI: 10.1525/aeq.1976.7.4.05x1652n  

  • June 17, 2013
  • 03:05 AM
  • 427 views

The diversity of the Other

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Diversity is today widely seen as a social good and is actively promoted in ‘diversity policies’ such as those of Australia, the EU or the UK. Additionally, many institutions have their own policies devoted to managing diversity. These usually extol … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 27, 2013
  • 10:04 AM
  • 447 views

Educational outcomes of migrant children

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A recent study of the educational pathways of the children of Brazilian migrants in Japan offers a most welcome addition to the literature on the educational outcomes of migrant children, which has to date focussed mostly on migrant children in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 21, 2013
  • 04:24 PM
  • 402 views

Banal nationalism and the internationalization of higher education

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The other day I was stuck in traffic in Ajman, one of the smaller of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one that has to do without Abu Dhabi’s and Dubai’s global glitz. Imagine … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 14, 2013
  • 04:32 AM
  • 396 views

Internationalization of Higher Education, 1933

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

While the internationalization of higher education is a hot topic at the moment and is widely seen as unique to the present, internationalization of higher education is not new. The politics of internationalization at Istanbul University in the early years … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 8, 2013
  • 03:15 PM
  • 388 views

Internationalization and Englishization in Higher Education

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The Intercultural Communication Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics is hosting a seminar at Newcastle University next week devoted to “Intercultural Communication in Higher Education – principles and practices.” Given that internationalization of higher education is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Piller, I., & Cho, J. (2013) Neoliberalism as language policy. Language in Society, 42(01), 23-44. DOI: 10.1017/S0047404512000887  

  • April 4, 2013
  • 02:25 AM
  • 454 views

Multilingual provision is cheaper than English-Only

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The business and self-help section of my local Kinokuniya bookstore is currently featuring shelves and shelves of Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business by Hiroshi Mikitani, the founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Rakuten. I’m not a fan … Continue reading →... Read more »

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