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ERIC Number: EJ1069211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1461-0213
Stereotypes about English as the Language of Science
Guardiano, Christina; Favilla, M. Elena; Calaresu, Emilia
AILA Review, v20 p28-52 2007
The progressive spread of English as the main language of international scientific communication has been interpreted in many different ways by several scholars. The paper presents a brief review of the scientific debate on such topics, focusing on the main stereotypes which have been created in order to provide explanations for the development of English as the language of science, and on the perception of non-Anglophone scholars on the reasons of the predominance of English in scientific literature and their disadvantages with respect to native speakers. Frequently used stereotypes on English as the language of science are analyzed and discussed in reference to the motivations asserted by linguists and non-linguists. A double ideological evidence can be registered: (1) arguments essentially consist in "a-posteriori" justifications, (2) English--far away from representing a free choice for non-native scholars--is perceived as the repository of the linguistic power that is desired and worshipped. The overview closes with the results of a pilot investigation on the languages of scientific publications, conducted on a sample of Italian scholars belonging to various scientific fields.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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