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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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  • October 29, 2013
  • 06:55 PM
  • 1,626 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
  • 1,002 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
  • 1,022 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
  • 1,034 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
  • 915 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
  • 1,176 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
  • 1,153 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
  • 1,032 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
  • 1,184 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
  • 1,285 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
  • 904 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
  • 1,006 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
  • 1,092 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 »

  • March 25, 2013
  • 12:23 AM
  • 1,209 views

Language and the stratification of restaurant labour

by Calvin N. Ho in Language on the Move

Are there language requirements for working in restaurants in Los Angeles? These two employment signs that I saw in the window of a sushi restaurant near UCLA suggests that you need English to wait tables and Spanish to work in … Continue reading →... Read more »

Waldinger, Roger. (1998) The Language of Work in an Immigrant Metropolis. Journal des anthropologues. info:/

  • March 18, 2013
  • 11:08 PM
  • 1,357 views

Exclusion on campus

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A persistent theme in research with international students in Australia is the tension between dreams of inclusion pre-departure and the experience of exclusion once in the country. In Kimie Takahashi’s ethnography with international students from Japan, for instance, participants often … Continue reading →... Read more »

Tara J Yosso; William A Smith; Miguel Ceja; Daniel G Solórzano. (2009) Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate for Latina/o Undergraduates . Harvard Educational Review, 79(4). info:/

  • March 8, 2013
  • 04:10 AM
  • 1,039 views

Migrant women’s empowerment in the city

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

It is international women’s day today and the world’s women are on the move like never before: according to figures from the International Institute for Migration, women constitute 49% of the world’s 214 million transnational migrants. It is often assumed … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 4, 2013
  • 12:26 AM
  • 1,387 views

Is speaking English a civic duty?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In today’s immigration countries, adherents of the “one nation, one language” idea face a unique ideological problem: to claim that the national language is a sign of national loyalty and incorporation into the nation while, simultaneously, disavowing any association between … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 18, 2013
  • 03:11 PM
  • 1,232 views

Grassroots multilingualism

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

What does an urban middle-class male university graduate from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, have in common with a peasant woman with little education from a village in Sichuan? Well, both are caught up in the processes of globalization and … Continue reading →... Read more »

Han, Huamei. (2013) Individual Grassroots Multilingualism in Africa Town in Guangzhou: The Role of States in Globalization. International Multilingual Research Journal, 83-97. info:/

  • February 13, 2013
  • 09:42 PM
  • 982 views

To English with Love

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

It’s Valentine’s Day today. Valentine’s Day is a truly global event inextricably linking the emotional life of individuals with the capitalist world order. Young women around the world dream of romantic love and many men do their best to meet … Continue reading →... Read more »

Takahashi, Kimie. (2013) Language learning, gender and desire: Japanese women on the move. Multilingual Matters. info:/

  • January 31, 2013
  • 03:37 PM
  • 1,248 views

Is English improving lives in a remote Indonesian village?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In a recent post, I reviewed language policy research that shows how compulsory English in China has given rise to new inequities and is far from being a means to fair development. In that context, compulsory English language learning is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Pasassung, Nikolaus. (2003) Teaching English in an "Acquisition-Poor Environment": An Ethnographic Example of a Remote Indonesian EFL Classroom. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, University of Sydney. info:/

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