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ERIC Number: ED462013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 10
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Power Languages: The Effects of Internationalization on Taiwan Language Use.
Cornberg, David
This paper examines data from observations of language use in Taiwan (primarily Taipei) made over 12 years. The observations focused on the usage of several languages, including English, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Hakka, and Japanese. The paper introduces a distinction between the possessive power of language and the productive power of language. With this distinction as a lens, changes in language use in Taiwan are then linked to internationalization as a reorganization of traditional values around possession and production. This reorganization signifies realignments of power in the usages of languages whose individual histories in Taiwan join to create new linguistic phenomena that put the language situation in Taiwan at the forefront of global cultural change. With the increasing speed and flexibility of multilingualism within a society whose boundaries become more permeable, more Taiwanese find themselves gaining identities as citizens not just of Taiwan or of East Asia but also of a global civilization. The implications of this phenomenon for English teaching in Taiwan are explored, raising some critical questions for the field of English as a Foreign Language in Taiwan in the 21st century. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan (Taipei)