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ERIC Number: EJ1177008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Language Awareness and Language Workers
Koller, Veronika
Language Awareness, v27 n1-2 p4-20 2018
This paper argues that linguistic skills and awareness are essential requirements for professionals whose work centres on language as a product. Brought about by the commodification of language in developed economies, language work such as brand consulting, text design or online marketing requires linguistic knowledge and resources that many current teaching materials do not provide. Extracts from interviews with a diverse group of language workers allow for first insights into their kind and level of language awareness, but also show that they are more concerned about what they perceive as a lack of language awareness in their clients. This finding suggests a non-linear model of teaching and learning relations between academic linguists, language workers, clients and students. The paper further discusses the options that applied linguists in academia have if they want to work with/as language workers and argues that engaging with language work(ers) can be an opportunity to bring critical language awareness and discourse analytical skills to bear on professional practice and training. [This paper was presented at the 13th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness, Vienna, July 2016.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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