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World Englishes: Changing the Paradigm of Linguistic Diversity in Global Academia

Journal: Research in Social Sciences and Technology (Vol.3, No. 1)

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Page : 54-73

Keywords : linguistic rights; World English theory; discrimination; international publication; multilingualism; language varieties;

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This paper discusses the ways that the publications of multilingual and non-native speakers of English are treated in academic publications. Using the World Englishes theory as a framework, it attempts to enumerate which overt and hidden advantages native speakers may have over non-native speakers in academic writing communities, and how these can be deconstructed. It also explores possible solutions to this problem, both to improve non-native students' written scholarly work and to restructure global perceptions and biases towards different regional varieties of English. The paper focuses on certain gate-keeping behaviors performed by institutions of knowledge production, and on how the World Englishes theory can be applied to help improve parity in international academia.

Last modified: 2018-06-09 21:20:00