(Re)experiencing hegemony: The linguistic imperialism of Robert Phillipson

Margie Berns, Jeanelle Barrett, Chak Chan, Yoshiki Chikuma, Patricia Friedrich, Olga Maria Hadjidimos, Jill Harney, Kristi Hislope, David Johnson, Suzanne Kimball, Yvonne Low, Tracey McHenry, Vivienne Palaiologos, Marnie Petray, Rebecca Shapiro, Ana Ramirez Shook

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Abstract

Reading Robert Phillipson's Linguistic Imperialism in a graduate seminar in World Englishes at Purdue University prompted intense discussion and debate not only of the issues of language dominance and spread that the author raised, but also of the rhetorical style and strategies that he chose to present a story of linguistic oppression. This article documents the reactions of seminar participants to how Phillipson presented his argument and their conclusion that the rhetorical choices he made seriously affected their ability to find his story convincing. In particular, participants – representing English language speakers in Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the USA – identified problems with the author's claims and credibility, style and tone, and terminology and coverage. They also discovered that this book, which they expected to be a narrative of hegemony, was instead an illustration of the use of narrative as a hegemonic tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-282
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom)
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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(Re)experiencing hegemony : The linguistic imperialism of Robert Phillipson. / Berns, Margie; Barrett, Jeanelle; Chan, Chak; Chikuma, Yoshiki; Friedrich, Patricia; Hadjidimos, Olga Maria; Harney, Jill; Hislope, Kristi; Johnson, David; Kimball, Suzanne; Low, Yvonne; McHenry, Tracey; Palaiologos, Vivienne; Petray, Marnie; Shapiro, Rebecca; Shook, Ana Ramirez.

In: International Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom), Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.01.1998, p. 271-282.

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Berns, M, Barrett, J, Chan, C, Chikuma, Y, Friedrich, P, Hadjidimos, OM, Harney, J, Hislope, K, Johnson, D, Kimball, S, Low, Y, McHenry, T, Palaiologos, V, Petray, M, Shapiro, R & Shook, AR 1998, '(Re)experiencing hegemony: The linguistic imperialism of Robert Phillipson', International Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom), vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 271-282. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1473-4192.1998.tb00133.x
Berns, Margie ; Barrett, Jeanelle ; Chan, Chak ; Chikuma, Yoshiki ; Friedrich, Patricia ; Hadjidimos, Olga Maria ; Harney, Jill ; Hislope, Kristi ; Johnson, David ; Kimball, Suzanne ; Low, Yvonne ; McHenry, Tracey ; Palaiologos, Vivienne ; Petray, Marnie ; Shapiro, Rebecca ; Shook, Ana Ramirez. / (Re)experiencing hegemony : The linguistic imperialism of Robert Phillipson. In: International Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom). 1998 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 271-282.
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