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ERIC Number: EJ1102602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1461-0213
The Politics of English, Language and Uptake: The Case of International Academic Journal Article Reviews
Lillis, Theresa; Curry, Mary Jane
AILA Review, v28 p127-150 2015
Drawing on 95 text histories from a longitudinal project on writing for publication in 4 national contexts, this article analyses the language ideologies enacted in referees' and editors' comments on articles submitted for publication in English-medium "international" journals. It considers how orientations to "English," "language" and "language work" are enacted in practices of reviewer uptake and the consequences of such practices for knowledge production, evaluation and circulation. In exploring evaluation practices, the article problematizes three foundational categories in applied linguistics: (1) The treating of English as a single stable semiotic resource over which the 'native' speaker is attributed a privileged evaluative position; (2) The overriding transparency approach to language and communication; (3) The focus on "production" as distinct from "uptake."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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